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Webinar Recording: Understanding the Supreme Court's Decision in West Virginia v. EPA

Webinar Recording: Understanding the Supreme Court's Decision in West Virginia v. EPA

What does the Supreme Court's decision in West Virginia v. EPA mean for the federal government's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and act on climate change? On July 6, 2022, Georgetown Climate Center convened a webinar of Clean Air Act legal experts to explore questions arising in the wake of the decision.

 

 
Memo: Opportunities for Climate-Related State Investments

Memo: Opportunities for Climate-Related State Investments

This memorandum provides an overview of funding available to states in IIJA, and potentially available in BBBA, for climate-related investments — including formula funding and competitive grants for climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural and working lands resiliency, low-carbon infrastructure, clean energy deployment, and environmental justice — along with key considerations for states that wish to take full advantage of this historic opportunity.

 
 
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California, Canadian Provinces Launch WCI, Inc. to Administer Linked Cap-And-Trade Programs
November 20, 2011

The state of California and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba announced on Nov. 17, 2011, that they are launching a new non-profit, Western Climate Initiative (WCI), Inc., to...

 

Independent Analysis Finds $1.6 Billion in Net Benefits from RGGI
November 15, 2011

An independent report released by the Analysis Group, a private consulting firm, found overall economic gains of more than $1.6 billion from the first three years of the operation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

 

California Air Resources Board Finalizes State Cap-and-Trade Regulations
October 20, 2011

On October 20, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted unanimously to adopt a set of regulations that will initiate a state-wide cap-and-trade program. The cap-and-trade program is the centerpiece of the Global...

 

EPA Postpones Issuance of GHG Rules
September 15, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed the release of its greenhouse-gas (GHG) performance standards for power plants, previously scheduled for September 30 (after a postponement of the original July 26...

 

Court Allows California to Continue Work on Cap-and-Trade Program, Agency Proposes to Delay Requiring Compliance Until 2013
August 24, 2011

On June 13, a California Appellate court stayed an injunction issued by a lower court against the California Air Resources Board (ARB), allowing the agency to continue working on its cap-and-trade program. (No. A132165)....

 

EPA, NHTSA Plan 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy and GHG Standards in 2025; California, Auto Manufacturers Support Plan
August 1, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) on July 29, 2011, announcing plans to require vehicles to achieve an average 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg), or 163 grams per mile of CO2, on a fleet-wide basis in model year (MY) 2025. (76 Fed. Reg. 48,758). The standards, which would apply to model year 2017-2025 light duty vehicles, are projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately two billion metric tons and save four billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of MY 2017-2025 vehicles.

 

Business Leaders Urge New England and Mid-Atlantic Governors to Strengthen Commitment to RGGI
July 26, 2011

On July 25, over 200 business leaders from across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions signed a letter to regional governors urging them to support and improve the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an...

 

EPA Releases Final Interstate Transport Rule, “Cross-State Air Pollution Rule”
July 7, 2011

On July 6, 2011, EPA released its final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), also referred to as the “Transport Rule.” CSAPR establishes an allowance trading system to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide...

 

New Polling Highlights American’s Global Warming Beliefs
June 10, 2011

Half of all Americans believe that flooding, droughts, hurricanes, wildfires and coastal erosion are being caused by or becoming worse due to global warming in the United States. The new findings are available in the...

 

Comparing Legislative Proposals that Restrict the Regulation of Greenhouse Gases
February 10, 2011

UPDATED: Five proposals have been offered in the 112th Congress to date as part of the budget debate that would limit or eliminate federal agencies’ and states’ authority to regulate greenhouse...