The Environmental Forum

Volume 36 Issue 2

March-April 2019

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Climate and Controversy

LEAD FEATURE ❧ As a locus for fact-finding and evaluating competing claims while the political branches are deadlocked, the courtroom can be the perfect neutral venue for debating climate science, policy responses, and who should pay. Current litigation could tee up such conclusions.

By Joel B. Stronberg
The JBS Group

With a SIDEBAR from a scientist who testified in a climate case and finds courts lacking.

Resolution of Disapproval

CENTERPIECE ❧ The Congressional Review Act became a force against public interest rules when Republicans took over the White House in 2017 while retaining control of Congress. Let’s get rid of this beast before the next time the law permits one party to sweep out the other’s duly promulgated regulations.

By James Goodwin
Center for Progressive Reform
Are Electric Cars the Future?

COVER STORY ❧ Getting America’s power companies to invest in the clean transportation revolution is critical to reducing air pollution and the emissions that cause climate change. It will save us all money. The key is creating a system that allows utilities to lead the way.

By Jeff Allen

With SIDEBARs by an auto writer, the electricity industry, and a railroad executive

Elaine Koerner

TESTIMONY ❧ After almost two decades working at EPA headquarters, I walked across the plaza connecting it to the offices of the Border Patrol to begin a new career helping agents recognize environmental impacts as they carry out their mission on the southwestern frontier.

By Elaine Koerner
EPA and Border Patrol, retired
Reports Say Dire Effects Will Be Starting Soon. How Can the Economy Quickly Shed

With the influx of new members of Congress in January, suddenly everybody is talking about a Green New Deal that would address greenhouse gas emissions and other social ills via a suite of interlinked policies. Proponents are talking about ridding the American energy economy of carbon, and on a short timeline — by 2030. Even before the recent election, stakeholders had been talking about what has come to be called deep decarbonization, with proposals that call for eliminating from the global energy system at least 80 percent of greenhouse emissions by mid-century, with further reductions to come.

By Joseph E. Aldy, Ann Carlson, John C. Dernbach, Mary Nichols, Anne Pramaggiore and Mike Quigley
Harvard Kennedy School, UCLA/Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Widener University, California Air Resources Board, Exelon Utilities, House of Representatives Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
By: David P. Clarke

EPA’s bid to drop rule co-benefits pushes trump deregulatory agenda.

By: Craig M. Pease

Crisis of phytoplankton and insects ushers in age of resource conflict.

By: Linda K. Breggin

Concern over increased state pre-emption of some local initiatives.

By: Kathleen Barrón

States drive carbon policy forward by electrifying transportation sector.

By: Richard Lazarus

Climate litigation has at least for now dodged a possibly fatal blow.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Guidance needed for practitioners on some discharges to groundwater.

By: Robert N. Stavins

The global climate change talks are moving on — and so am I.

By: Oliver Houck

Oliver Houck on artificial intelligence and our species.

By: Anna Beeman

Colleagues’ new jobs, promotions, and achievements.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

Earlier laws had lessons for CAA.

By: Anna Beeman

ELI launches 50th anniversary program series.

By: Sofia Yazykova

Demystifying renewable energy claims.

By: Scott Fulton

Scott Fulton on gap in environmental rule of law.