Monthly Climate Change Briefing: October 2021

October 12, 2021 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 addressed in this month's call:

  • Infrastructure bills
  • WildEarth Guardians v. Haalan -- Rejecting Fish and Wildlife Service determination that the Joshua Tree should not be listed under Endangered Species Act; FWS made unsupported conclusions about the ability of the trees to withstand climate change.
  • Louisiana v. Biden -- Denying Biden administration's motion to dismiss a challenge to its "pause" on new offshore and onshore oil and gas leasing.
  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ v. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. -- Dismissed suit by a religious order seeking damages for a pipeline that crosses their property, claiming that the pipeline burdens their exercise of religious beliefs.
  • Town of Copake v. New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting -- Dismissal of lawsuit challenging New York regulations to expedite approval of renewable energy projects as part of state's plan to fight climate change
  • Energy Policy Advocates v. Attorney General's Office -- Allowed discovery of common interest agreements among several states in connection with climate change litigation, but denied discovery of underlying communications

Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and Senior Research Scholar, Columbia Law School
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

ELI members logged on to the Members site will have access to a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

ELI Monthly Climate Briefings are made possible by the
generous support of our institutional members.

NOTE: This call/recording is for ELI members only. No comments may be quoted
or used without the express written permission of ELI and the panelist.