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:
- Nomination of Gorsuch to SCOTUS and what it means for climate cases
- Climate change positions taken by Trump cabinet nominees at their hearings
- Impact of the Trump Executive Order on regulation on future climate rulemakings
- Action under the CRA to disapprove the BLM venting and flaring rule<
- Discussion of the carbon tax proposed by James Baker, et al.
- The Maryland legislature overrode Governor Hogan’s veto of legislation raising the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 25% by 2020.
- There has been several significant developments that impact California’s climate mitigation work; legislation was introduced to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program for GHG emissions until 2030; CARB announced the appointment of its first environmental justice executive officer to incorporate the concerns of disadvantaged citizens into its decision-making; and EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt refused to commit to continue providing California a waiver under the CAA to set stricter pollution standards.
- New York State has taken several steps on adaptation issues; it finalized a regulation establishing statewide science-based sea-level rise projections to be used in certain permitting and decision-making processes; and the state released a final Ocean Action Plan, which included increasing resilience to climate change impacts.
- Bay Area: Resilient By Design Challenge, modeled after the Rebuild by Design challenge that catalyzed innovative project design in the New York-New Jersey region after Sandy.
Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Manik Roy, Consultant [formerly, ClimateWorks Foundation]
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates
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