Monthly Climate Change Briefing: September 2019

September 9, 2019 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:

  • Recent EPA proposal to withdraw methane-specific emission standards for oil and gas production
  • DC/federal implications of the agreement between auto manufacturers and the State of California
  • Hill developments, including the draft Senate transportation bill and the legislative drafting process being spearheaded by the House E&E Committee
  • Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order in on July 1 establishing a Montana Climate Solutions Council and requiring the development of a Montana Climate Solutions Plan by June 2020
  • On September 3, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 3 that includes both mitigation and adaptation provisions
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed the state's first Chief Resilience Officer on August 1
  • Multiple petitions to DC Circuit challenging EPA's repeal of Clean Power Plan and promulgation of Affordable Clean Energy Rule
  • Dismissal of lawsuit in Oregon alleging that government's failure to protect plaintiffs from climate change violated their constitutional rights
  • Grant of motion for leave to amend complaint in Conservation Law Foundation's suit against Shell Oil
  • Rhode Island federal district court's remand of the state's climate change lawsuit against oil companies to state court
  • DC Circuit dismissal of challenges to FERC's authorization of Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline
  • Oregon federal court's grant of preliminary injunction barring certain grazing for failure to consider climate change


Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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