by Christopher Rizzo States’ cap-and-trade programs for greenhouse gases are being challenged around the nation in both courts and legislatures. Most recently, on June 27, 2011, three plaintiffs filed a complaint against New York, alleging that the state’s cap-and-trade program is illegal. This is the second court challenge to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”) and [...]
Monthly Archive for June, 2011
Posted in Uncategorized on Jun 27th, 2011
by John R. Nolon In “Get Out of Town,” The New Yorker‘s Nicholas Lemann raises two critical questions: has the celebration of cities gone too far and is city life productive or merely interesting? Some facts are missing from his June 27, 2011, “A Critic at Large” column.
New York’s new power-plant siting law has the potential to streamline administrative reviews for new conventional power plants and renewable energy faciliteis, but it is very unclear whether it will reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
by Jackson D. Morris, Senior Policy Advisor for the Pace Energy and Climate Center In the wee hours last night, the NYS legislature passed a Big Energy Bill negotiated by legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo. It should be signed into law in the near future, and consists of 3 parts—
Posted in Uncategorized on Jun 20th, 2011
by Karl Coplan The Supreme Court issues its decision in SCOTUS v American Electric Power this morning. Not surprisingly, the Court found in a 8-0 opinion that EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, affirmed by the Court in Massachusetts v EPA, “displaces” any federal common law nuisance claim for interstate [...]
Posted in Uncategorized on Jun 15th, 2011
by Karl Coplan Back in April, the Bureau of Land Management halted construction on the vast 370 MW Ivanpah Solar Energy project in the Mojave desert, since construction crews found many more endangered desert tortoises on the site than were expected. Now, the Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a revised Biological Opinion under the [...]