Britany Riley  //  7/16/17  //  Topic Update

The D.C. Circuit’s decision in Clean Air Council vindicates the principle that agencies cannot use enforcement discretion to cancel legal obligations altogether, writes Zachary Price at Take Care.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency asked the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to stay its ruling requiring the agency to enforce an Obama-era rule on methane emissions (The Hill). 

The Trump Administration is reconsidering Obama-era penalties for automakers that violate fuel efficiency standards (The Hill).

Despite climate change skepticism, the administration may have endorsed action on climate change by signing onto a joint statement at the G-20 summit, notes Dan Farber at Legal Planet.



Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a unified national automobile emissions standard, which may preempt California's stricter standard. California is challenging the Interior Department's repeal of standards for fracking on federal land.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

FERC unanimously rejects Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to support coal and nuclear power plants. The Trump Administration backs off of plans for new oil drilling off the Florida coast.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The EPA finalized a rule that will maintain the biofuels quota.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School