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Climate Change (generally)

Electric Utility Wildfire Liability Reform in California

As climate change worsens, so does the risk of wildfires. This is especially so in already hot, dry areas such as the western United States. Adding to this problem is the rapid growth of the wildland-urban interface (WUI). As more and...

A Mount Laurel for Climate Change? The Judicial Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Land Use and Transportation

Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the United States have remained persistently high. One cause is common low-density land use patterns that make most Americans dependent on automobiles. Reducing these emissions requires...

The Constitutionality of Taxing Agricultural and Land Use Emissions

Economywide legislation to address climate change will be ineffective unless it addresses greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use. Yet incorporating these sectors into the most popular policy proposal—a carbon tax—carries...

Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County v. Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc.

A district court granted Boulder County's motion to remand to state court its lawsuit against energy companies for causing, contributing to, and exacerbating climate change. The companies argued the challenge belonged in federal court...

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. United States

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by nonprofit groups and individuals alleging that climate change and the U.S. government's failure to protect them from the effects of climate change violated their constitutional right to a...

Rhode Island v. Chevron Corp.

A district court granted Rhode Island's motion to remand to state court a challenge against energy companies for contributing to climate change. The state argued its challenge should be removed back to state, where it was initially...

Colorado Automobile Dealers Ass'n v. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

A state district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by an automobile dealers' association challenging Colorado's adoption of California's low emission vehicle standard. The association argued the adoption would drive up the cost of...

Overcoming Impediments to Offshore CO2 Storage: Legal Issues in the United States and Canada

Limiting future temperature increases and associated climate change requires immediate action to prevent additional carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere and to lower the existing atmospheric carbon dioxide load. This could...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Department of State

A district court dismissed a request to compel the State Department to release two reports concerning U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as required by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. An environmental group argued that the...

Designing the New Green Deal: Where’s the Sweet Spot?

The Donald Trump years have been painful for advocates of a forceful U.S. response to climate change. The White House has pulled out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, tried to revive coal, and moved to scuttle landmark U.S. Environmental...

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