Monthly Climate Change Briefing: October 2020

October 13, 2020 5:00 pm — 5:30 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 to be addressed in this month's call:

  • (9/16/2020) Pennsylvania regulators approved plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a carbon cap-and-trade pact among Northeastern states, despite the Republican-controlled Legislature's attempts to thwart the move. (Governor vetoed Republican bill aimed at preventing joining RGGI earlier in the month)
  • (9/18/2020) Governor Murphy Signs Historic Environmental Justice Legislation
  • (9/22/2020) Vermont Senate voted to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act — legislation that legally requires the state to meet targets for reducing carbon emissions in the coming years. Since the House had already voted to override the veto, the measure is now law.
  • (9/22/2020) New York's Department of Financial Services is pushing insurance companies to account for climate change risk in their business strategies, a potential step toward more widespread U.S. regulation of climate financial risks.
  • (9/23/2020) California will ban sales of new gas-fueled cars after 2035 under an executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom today.
  • (9/24/2020) Governor Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 2025, which would have prevented the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from taking any action to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions in the commonwealth without the prior approval of the General Assembly.
  • (9/24/2020) Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order that targets 2050 as the deadline for her state to reach carbon neutrality.
  • (10/1/2020) An evolving climate road map for Colorado runs straight through the energy sector, suggesting major emissions reductions in power generation, oil and gas, transportation, and buildings. (The new draft — publicized yesterday by the office of Gov. Jared Polis (D) — could help guide the state toward cutting statewide greenhouse gas pollution 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050 compared with 2005 levels.)
  • (10/2/2020) SC lawmakers approve flood czar and resilience office.
  • Legislative update; focus on energy bill.
  • Discussion of climate change in the recent presidential debates.
  • DC Circuit argument in Clean Power Plan/ACE Rule case.
  • U.S. District Court (Rhode Island) decision in Conservation Law Foundation v. Shell.
  • Cert grant in Baltimore v. BP.
  • Montana decision striking down BLM methane rules

Vicki Arroyo, Professor from Practice and Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Edan Dionne, Vice President, Environmental, Energy & Chemical Management Programs, IBM
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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