Helen Klein Murillo  //  3/26/17  //  Topic Update


Despite the Trump administration’s impending “rampage against environmental laws,” there are avenues for climate advocates at the state and local levels, argues John Podesta (Center for American Progress).

  • At Legal Planet, Dan Farber describes Trump’s early appointees to the EPA as a “motley crew.”

The Trump Administration is set to roll back a number of Obama-era regulations and executive orders aimed at curbing climate change, according to Coral Davenport (NYT).

  • Chris Mooney (Washington Post) analyzes the Trump Administration’s potential defunding of an important climate change report and argues that the report is obligatory under the Global Change Research Act.
  • James Rubin (The Hill) argues that the Trump Administration’s proposed budget would make EPA secondary to states in regulating the environment.

The EPA cannot lawfully gut climate change regulations, for reasons spelled out on Take Care by Eli Savit.

The Department of Energy announced it will postpone efficiency rules and energy conservation standards promulgated by the Obama Administration (The Hill).

Trump advisors says the U.S. will remain in the Paris Agreement on climate change only if concessions are made for the fossil fuel industry (Politico).


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.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

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