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The East African Crude Oil Pipeline: Why Are Some East Africans Opposed?

March 25, 2022 by Abby Morenigbade Fossil Fuels International

What is the East African Crude Oil Pipeline? In 2006, Uganda discovered what turned out to be 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable commercial oil in the Albertine Graben Region.[1] Since then, different activities relating to the exploration and potential…

Tonopah Desert Recharge Project in Tonopah, about 65 miles west of Phoenix. (Central Arizona Project)

Water Banking: A Potential Solution or Misguided Idea

March 13, 2022 by Reuben Siegman Sustainability Water

Water is one of the most precious resources on the planet. It is the foundation for life, something we all need to survive. As climate change brings about an increase in global temperature and greater frequency of droughts, usable water will become scarcer…

Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV

The EV Tax Credit Phaseout: Necessary or Not?

March 3, 2022 by Isaac Golub Regulations Sustainability

In 2009, the Obama administration created the electric vehicle tax credit to encourage purchasing electric vehicles (EVs). However, the bill included a built-in phaseout that starts once a manufacturer sells 200,000 electric vehicles. Is the current phaseout quota necessary, or is it ending the tax credit prematurely?

An elephant at the Bronx Zoo. Image by Tammy Lo.

The Elephant in the Room: New York’s Highest Court Takes Up Animal Rights

February 23, 2022 by Gianfranco Cesareo Endangered Species Litigation State and Local Wildlife

When the New York Court of Appeals agreed in May 2021 to hear the habeas corpus case of an Asian elephant named Happy, it marked the first time that the highest court of any English-speaking jurisdiction agreed to hear a habeas corpus case brought on…

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Rethinking Water: Supreme Court Revisits Sackett

February 2, 2022 by Priya Sinha Litigation Regulations Water

On Monday, January 24, 2022, the Supreme Court granted review of Sackett v. EPA to determine the definition of a “water of the United States,” or WOTUS, under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The outcome of the case could potentially reshape the reach of…

A highway turnoff for an oil field in Xinjiang

An Old Enemy: The Regressive Tendencies of American Foreign Policy

January 4, 2022 by Hunter Wiand International

For years a CIA-linked think tank has covered Xinjiang. The current human rights crisis in the region may present a serendipitous moment for cynics in the American foreign policy establishment to pursue an old, familiar agenda.