Monthly Climate Change Briefing: November 2020

November 9, 2020 4:00 pm — 4:30 pm

Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.


Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • Recap of the election results from the standpoint of federal environmental policy.
  • The impact of the elevation of Justice Barrett in the context of the election results.
  • (10/8/2020) Nearly one-third of California land and coastal waters must be preserved by 2030 to help prevent the release of emissions that are causing climate change under an executive order signed by the governor yesterday.
  • (10/15/2020) Kentucky on Tuesday announced it is using about $8.5 million from the Volkswagen AG diesel emissions scandal settlement to replace old transit system buses with cleaner ones and make other transportation improvements.
  • (10/16/2020) Orlando, Fla.'s electric company will be coal-free by 2027 as it presses ahead with plans to meet net-zero carbon emissions targets by 2050.
  • (10/19/2020) Holding back a rising sea and defending against tropical storms is estimated to cost southeast Florida businesses upward of $22 billion over the next 50 years.
  • (10/19/2020) New Jersey officials called last week for a ban on gas car sales by 2035, a move that would make the state the first outside California to enact such a policy.
  • (10/19/2020) N.Y. finalizes grid plan seen as major shift for renewables
  • (10/19/2020) Oregon's sole remaining coal-fired power plant shut down for good last week, 20 years ahead of schedule.
  • (10/30/2020) New York's top financial regulator yesterday told the banking firms it oversees to begin factoring climate change into their risk management strategies.
  • (10/30/2020) The governors of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina launched a new regional collaborative this week to promote offshore wind in their states, despite a ban by President Trump that could affect those efforts.

Vicki A. Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center and Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center
Michael Gerrard, Founder and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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