May 11, 2020

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.

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Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • How IBM is conducting its work on environmental sustainability/climate and energy in the midst of the pandemic
  • NRDC v. Wheeler -- vacated EPA ruling that restricted regulation of HFCs

  •  Wildearth Guardians v. Bureau of Land Management -- Vacating oil and gas leases for inadequate look at cumulative climate change impacts

  •  Resolute Forest Products v. Greenpeace -- Ordering forest products company to pay $800,000 in attorneys fees to Greenpeace

  •  Northern Plains Resource Council v. Corps of Engineers -- Vacate nationwide permit due to Corps of Engineers failure to initiate consultation under Endangered Species Act

  •  Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview v. State -- Upholding denial of permits for coal export terminal

  • California Air Resources Board released a final draft Advanced Clean Truck Rule  (and CA eyes a deal with Volvo given federal rollbacks)
  • Colorado unveils plan to get more electric vehicles on roads  
  • Minnesota advances energy bill despite coronavirus, which would update and modernize state’s energy efficiency law
  • VA passes bill that makes VA the latest state to require a transition to 100% carbon free or renewable energy.
  • Without fanfare, Houston unveils Climate Action Plan, shooting for carbon neutrality by 2050 despite COVID.
  • Funds from Regional Clean-Energy Initiative to Electrify NJ’s Transportation Sector
  • EPA’s upcoming rule for aircraft emissions under the CAA
  • Status of the Senate energy bill
  • Upcoming CV-19 legislation and how climate and clean energy fit in

Speakers:
Vicki Arroyo, 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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