Massachusetts v. EPA is seen as an unalloyed victory for the climate movement, but over 15 years after the case was handed down, legal knock-on effects from the decision have come back to bite.
In the hope to leave Zombie Engines in the past, the EPA recently promulgated a new final rule on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles. In this GELR blog post, Paige Kendrick analyzes the recent changes regarding federal preemption of non-new locomotives and locomotive engines as well as steps being taken by California to reduce locomotive emissions.
USPS’ decade-long effort to replace its antiquated vehicle fleet is threatened to be further delayed by multiple pending lawsuits challenging the agency’s compliance with NEPA.
Last summer, Ludlow, Vermont, experienced devasting flooding after several inches of rain fell in the area in one day. In this article, Nicholas Alois discusses the flood’s impact on the community, the long rebuild process, and recommended flood prevention and mitigation efforts moving forward.
Proposed changes to regulations affecting banks in the United States could potentially jeopardize wind, solar and other renewable energy projects that have relied on tax-equity financing to get off the ground, drawing criticism to regulators charged with the long-term stability of the financial system. The proposed rules, which require banks to hold greater reserves against direct investments in clean energy projects, play into a broader debate over whether a transition to sustainable energy and mitigating the existential risk of climate change fall within the purview of the Fed and other financial regulators.
The construction industry has a complicated relationship with climate change. This post examines how legal tools can be used to simultaneously encourage emissions reduction and increase community resilience.
What’s for Dinner? The Environmental Regulatory Landscape Provides a Battleground for States to Fight Over the Meat IndustryJanuary 5, 2024 by Eli Merkadeau Climate change Regulations State and Local
Against the backdrop of a Supreme Court highly skeptical of agency action, the meat industry has seen legislation from both states seeking environmental improvements and states looking to support their meat producers. Given the Court’s willingness to defer to impactful state legislation, states may be allowed to duke it out and try to exert control over the production of meat and meat alternatives on a national level.
Can broadening visions for climate action and building solidarity across social movements protect against climate anxiety and encourage the urgent emissions reductions needed by the end of the decade?
Held v. Montana, decided by Montana state court Judge Kathy Seeley last August, is already widely recognized as a landmark case in environmental law. Much has been written about the ruling, which struck down a Montana provision that forbade state…
In this post, Andrew Bellah, analogizes contemporary derivative contracts with sealed clay pot practices in ancient Mesopotamia, and analyzes their potential utility in a future threatened by climate change.