Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director CCCL is happy to announce the release of a new white paper.  It can be accessed here, and the executive summary for this paper is below: As the U.S. Congress has failed to pass meaningful climate legislation, the EPA has initiated a series of regulations designed to recognize greenhouse gases […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director On November 15, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum asking 23 coastal states and five coastal territories (“states”) to seriously consider ocean acidification problems in their future monitoring activities under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The action brings climate-related activities under the purview of the CWA for […]

Bradford McCormick                                                                                                                                                  Fellow While this post will not attempt to answer the question posed by its title, the Center for Climate Change Law is making it easier for those who want to answer the question themselves. Today we are releasing a catalog [download .xls] of links to and excerpts from the 2009 annual reports and […]

Daniel M. Firger Associate Director Foreign companies are buying up U.S. coal mines. In a statement on November 12, the chairman of Coal India Ltd., a state-controlled entity and the world’s largest coal producer, with a near-monopoly on Indian coal mining, confirmed that the firm was in talks with several U.S. coal companies to buy […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director As litigation against EPA challenging greenhouse gas regulations moves forward, questions remain as to what, exactly, the DC Circuit will do if it rules for the challengers on the merits of their cases.  The two primary options here are: absolute vacatur (removing all force of law from the regulations), and […]

Michael B. Gerrard Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice Director, Center for Climate Change Law The midterm elections on November 2 yielded significant results at the state level. As readers of this blog are aware, California voters faced a ballot measure called Proposition 23, which would have frozen implementation of the nation’s most important state […]

Julia Ciardullo Fellow EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) have come under attack by some opponents of climate regulation as an “aggressive” and “unprecedented” program of rulemakings.[1] In fact, EPA issued far more regulations to implement the CAA Amendments of 1990. The attached chart prepared by the Center […]

On Wednesday, DB Climate Change Advisors, an arm of Deutsche Bank, issued a report titled “Growth of U.S. Climate Change Litigation: Trends & Consequences” written by Prof. Michael Gerrard, director of CCCL. This report was subsequently featured in the New York Times and widely discussed elsewhere. As the report and the blog post state, climate […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director As the complex group of cases challenging EPA greenhouse gas regulations moves forward in DC Circuits, opponents of these regulations have voiced concerns that rules due to take effect in January 2011 may severely harm their economies before they have a chance to be overturned in court.  To avoid this, […]

Daniel M. Firger Associate Director California voters handily defeated Proposition 23 on election day, ensuring that state regulators can move forward on implementation of A.B. 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  Just last week, the California Air Resources Board issued a Proposed Regulation Order establishing a statewide cap-and-trade system, which is subject to […]

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