Posts tagged ‘State Activity’

By Danielle Sugarman Fellow On Wednesday May 11, 2011 the New Hampshire State Senate voted to remain in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  The move followed months of speculation after the passage of House Bill 519 in February, in which the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to withdraw the state from the emissions […]

On May 4, 2011 a group of five teenager plaintiffs, together with two non-profit environmental groups, filed suit against the federal government in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Francisco. The complaint (PDF), seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, contains only one cause of action: violation of the Public Trust […]

By Danielle Sugarman Fellow Recently New York has taken a step forward in ramping up its solar energy commitment.  In February of 2011 New York Assembly member Steven Englebright (D), along with Energy Committee Chair Assembly member Kevin Cahill (D), introduced The Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act of 2011 (Solar Jobs Act) (A. 05713).  […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director In the secondary round of activity regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources, EPA has sought to establish permitting programs under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) section of the Clean Air Act, in conjunction with individual states through their State Implementation Plans (SIPs).  Recent EPA permit approvals and […]

Laura Mulry Fellow Implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 was recently placed on hold, putting its 2012 start date in doubt following a California Superior Court decision. The law, which California voters defended in rejecting referendum 23, is now facing a major setback from environmental justice groups who say the bill […]

By Danielle Sugarman Fellow On February 23, 2011, the New Hampshire House of Representatives took another step forward in its efforts to withdraw the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”).   Originating in the Science, Technology and Energy Committee (the “Committee”), House Bill 519[1] passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director One result of the 2010 midterm elections was the replacement of several climate-receptive state governors with more skeptical administrations in governor mansions around the country.  As a result, the continuation of many state and regional climate activities has been thrown into question.  Nowhere is that dynamic more evident than in […]

By Julia Ciardullo Fellow On December 29, 2010, Massachusetts released its Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, which sets out an ambitious state-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target and lays out a framework for how the state will achieve that target. The Plan was released in compliance with the state’s Global Warming Solutions […]

By Julia Ciardullo Fellow On December 31, 2010, the New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force released its final report on the impacts of sea level rise on the state’s coastlines, which includes 14 specific recommendations aimed to address these impacts.   The Task Force recommendations include a variety of executive-branch and legislative actions.  Most […]

by Danielle Sugarman Fellow On December 16, 2010 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted 9 to 1 to approve regulations that will establish a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases (GHGs) in California. This move marks a significant step in achieving obligations set under CA’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) which requires the […]

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