Monthly Climate Change Briefing: September 2021

September 13, 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 to be addressed in this month's call:

  • Montana Supreme Court ruling on potential violations of state constitution by state's pro-fossil energy policies.
  • DC Circuit decision finding FERC failed to adequately analyze climate impacts of two LNG export terminals in Texas.
  • New Jersey federal district court demand of Hoboken climate nuisance suit to state court.
  • Alaska court vacating federal approvals for mail oil development project in National Petroleum Reserve.
  • Missouri court dismissing challenge to social cost of carbon.
  • New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation to establish a goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the State to be zero-emissions by 2035.
  • The California Energy Commission unanimously approved an update to the state’s energy code, including a first-in-the-nation energy storage mandate.
  • Pennsylvania reached another milestones toward joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
  • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that promotes offshore wind development by granting offshore wind developers authority to construct transmission infrastructure.
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a new clean energy mandate, requiring a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s largest utilities by 2040.
  • New Jersey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a $16 billion plan to improve the resilience of the state’s shoreline and back bays.
  • In California, lawmakers passed legislation requiring the California Coastal Commission, a statewide coastal planning agency, to account for rising sea levels in its planning, policies, and activities.
  • EPA vehicles rulemaking.
  • State of play on climate legislation in Congress.

James Bradbury, Mitigation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown University Law Center
Edan Dionne, Vice President, Environmental, Energy & Chemical Management Programs, IBM
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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