Eve Levin  //  10/8/17  //  Topic Update


The Trump administration is considering several initiatives that would boost the coal industry at the expense of renewable energy, including a proposal to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and a regulation that would support coal power plants (Bloomberg).

President Trump nominated a coal lobbyist with ties to climate deniers to serve as deputy director of the EPA (NYT).

The administration is taking unprecedented steps to impose political control over scientific research within the government, argues Dan Farber at Legal Planet.

The EPA missed a legal deadline to start implementing regulation limiting ozone pollution (The Hill).

The EPA will soon announce its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s major climate change regulation (ReutersNYT).

The Trump administration’s order to federal agencies not to calculate the cost of global warming to projects is facing challenges in court (LA Times).

Democrats are criticizing President Trump’s choice for the head of EPA’s chemical safety and pollution prevention office as unsuited for the job (The Hill).

President Trump’s campaign against renewable energy in favor of coal  is unlikely to succeed in a global economy (LegalPlanet).  

The Trump administration has made efforts to reverse almost 50 environmental rules since January (NYT).


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