DOE Publishes Report on Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate ChangeAugust 5, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report that examines current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U.S. energy sector. The report identifies several critical issues, including power-plant disruptions due to drought and the disruption of fuel supplies during severe storms. It also highlights potential opportunities that would make the country's energy infrastructure more resilient to these risks.
Accompanying the report is an interactive map that illustrates places where three climate trends have caused major issues to the energy sector across the country over the past ten years:
- Increasing air and water temperatures;
- Decreasing water availability across regions and seasons; and
- Increasing intensity and frequency of storm events, flooding and sea level rise.
Pres. Obama Unveils Climate Change PlanJune 25, 2013
Pres. Obama has laid out a sweeping new climate change plan. The plan, which would cut carbon emissions in the United States and encourage other countries to do so as well, bypasses Congress, opting to achieve the president’s policy goals via executive action.
Government Report Adds Climate Change to List of High Risks Facing the CountryFebruary 27, 2013
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has added climate change to its biennial list of high-risk areas facing government operations. The report says the U.S. needs a better cross-government approach to a threat that’s creating huge financial exposure.
Possible Executive Action on Climate ChangeFebruary 25, 2013
In his State of the Union address, Pres. Obama exhorted Congress to adopt a “bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change” and warned that if “Congress won’t act soon” he will direct his Cabinet to come up with “executive actions.” Various analyses of what the President's options might be are now being released.
Obama Threatens Executive Action on Climate and Energy in State of the UnionFebruary 14, 2013
In his State of the Union address, Pres. Obama exhorted Congress to adopt a “bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change” and warned that if “Congress won’t act soon” he will direct his Cabinet to come up with “executive actions.”
EPA Accepting Comments on New Climate Change PlanFebruary 13, 2013
The EPA has released its Climate Change Adaptation Plan, and is now accepting comments on its draft plan, which calls for the agency to amend its operations, which could include promulgating new rules, to account for increasingly rapid global warming. The effort comes in response to a 2009 government-wide directive via President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality, requiring agencies to plan this year for future climate change.
EPA Updates Publicly Available Greenhouse Gas Emissions DataFebruary 8, 2013
The EPA has posted the second year of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions data on its website, which provides public access to emissions data by sector, by greenhouse gas, and by geographic region such as county or state.
Obama’s Second Term: Energy & Environmental PolicyNovember 7, 2012
Various news sources preview what Pres. Obama’s energy and environmental policy could look like in his second term.
New Studies Related to the EPA Trainwreck ReleasedOctober 23, 2012
The Foundation strives to provide the public with the latest information on regulations and their impact on the economic competitiveness of Wisconsin and the nation. Three recent studies provide more information on the costs of cutting carbon emissions, the impact of regulations on the country’s competitiveness, and the projected number of retiring coal plants.
NRDC Petitions FEMA for Climate Change Considerations in Disaster Response PlansOctober 18, 2012
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) have filed a petition with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting the agency mandate that states include climate change assessments in their disaster response plans.
Public Nuisance Climate Change Litigation All But DeadOctober 15, 2012
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has dismissed a federal common law claim of public nuisance for global warming by greenhouse gases, ruling the common law was displaced by the comprehensive federal regulatory scheme of the Clean Air Act. Combined with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in American Electric Power v. Connecticut, this case all but eliminates the availability of public nuisance climate change claims.
U.S. Climate Change Litigation ChartOctober 9, 2012
Looking for the latest case law on climate change? The law firm Arnold & Porter maintains a comprehensive chart that displays US climate change litigation, covering pending as well as decided cases.
United States and Canada Sign Amended Great Lakes Water Quality AgreementSeptember 18, 2012
First signed in 1972 and last amended in 1987, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was recently amended by the United States and Canada in an effort to further protect the world’s largest surface freshwater system.
Fuel Efficiency Standards to Nearly Double by 2025August 29, 2012
The EPA and the NHTSA have finalized standards that will increase average fuel economy requirements for cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. When combined with previous standards set for 2011-2016 models, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on the road.
Regulatory CalendarAugust 10, 2012
Administrative agencies continuously promulgate new rules and often do so quickly. Tracking the various proposed rules can be time-intensive and complicated. The Foundation’s Regulatory Calendar includes the dates of important steps in the rulemaking process for various rules we are following at the state and federal level.
EPA Declines to Regulate Greenhouse Gases From Ships, Off-Road EnginesJune 19, 2012
The EPA has turned down a demand from U.S. environmental groups that it curb greenhouse-gas emissions from aircraft, ships, or other off-highway vehicles. The agency’s decision not to regulate nonroad engines, and its indefinite delay in regulating aircraft, comes in response to a 2010 lawsuit from an environmental coalition asking the EPA to address these types of pollution.
Judge Dismisses Climate Case Brought by Children’s GroupsJune 13, 2012
On June 1, a judge in the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit in which two environmental groups and five California teenagers sued the federal government requesting action on climate change via the government’s Public Trust authority.
Obama to Highlight Climate Change and Environmental Issues in Reelection CampaignMay 9, 2012
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, President Obama highlighted his intention to make climate change and environmental issues a centerpiece of his 2012 reelection campaign.
EPA Proposes Phase 3 of GHG Tailoring RuleFebruary 28, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency will not lower the existing thresholds in its tailoring rule for stationary emissions sources to obtain greenhouse gas permits, the agency said in a proposed rule released February 27, 2012.
EPA's Climate Change Regulations the Topic of Discussion at Upcoming CLE EventFebruary 3, 2012
On February 22nd, the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies Madison, WI Chapter will host a lunch and CLE event titled EPA's Climate Change Regulations: Good Public Policy or Government Overreach? The discussion panel includes Prof. Jonathan Adler, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Prof. Stephanie Tai, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School. The event will be moderated by Ellen Nowak, Esq., Commissioner of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.