//  10/21/17  //  Topic Update

Recent extreme weather events highlight the need for incremental progress on mitigating disaster risks, writes Dan Farber at LegalPlanet.

  • These changes require political leaders to look beyond the politics of the moment and make long-term decisions to help society, write Jeffrey Czajkowski, Kevin Simmons, and James Done at The Regulatory Review.

The Trump administration plans to repeal the Obama-era clean power plan based on dubious cost-benefit analysis, and dealing another blow to the credibility of policy analysis, writes Stuart Shapiro at The Regulatory Review.

Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator, pledged to crack down on settlements with environmental groups that sue the agency (The Hill).

The controversial nominee to head the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is already serving as an advisor to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (The Hill).

National Park Service administrators and interest groups near Dinosaur National Monument are voicing concern about increased drilling in the area (NYT).

The upcoming UN climate change discussions are likely to pose challenges for the United States, which left the Paris climate accord (NYT).

California is leading the U.S.’s climate change efforts for a range of reasons, writes Dan Farber at Legal Planet.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) has placed a hold on two of President Trump’s EPA nominees (The Hill).

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