Tag: greenhouse gas emissions

California Cap-and-Trade Lawsuit Hits Milestone with Oral Argument at the Court of Appeal

Yesterday, California’s Third District Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the related cases California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board and Morning Star Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board.  The three-justice panel actively questioned both sides as lawyers for the State, the Chamber, Morning Star, and Environmental Defense Fund made their arguments.  One … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan Implementation: Next Steps

Ed. – originally authored by Kevin Johnson and Thomas Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court’s order on February 9, 2016 staying EPA’s implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) will create at least a year of uncertainty about the shape of the future electric power regulatory framework, with implications for states, utilities and other electric power … Continue Reading

Nebraska Sues U.S. EPA Over Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for New Power Plants

Nebraska filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court on Wednesday, challenging the agency’s newly proposed standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Nebraska argues that EPA’s proposed regulation, officially released last week, violates the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Act prohibits EPA from considering new technology or a level … Continue Reading

California Adopts its Cap-and-Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

After a full day of testimony and deliberation on December 16, 2010, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the state’s Cap-and-Trade Program on a 9-to-1 vote. The Program is promulgated under the California Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32) as a market-based compliance mechanism to help achieve reduction of the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) … Continue Reading

California’s Proposed GHG Cap-and-Trade Program Out for Public Comment

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued its proposed greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). The proposed regulation builds on the conceptual framework for ARB’s cap-and-trade program, released in November 2009. The 45-day public comment period on the regulation opened yesterday and closes on December 15, 2010. Whether by … Continue Reading

DOT, EPA Boost Fuel Economy, Set GHG Emission Limits for Light Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) have established new federal rules for greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions standards for all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the US.  The rules improve fuel efficiency, could save the average buyer up to $3,000 over the life of a 2016 … Continue Reading

EPA Delays Regulation of GHGs as Stationary Source Emissions

From Stoel Rives partners Lee Smith and Krista McIntyre: In response to a letter drafted by eight democratic senators and general industry adverse reactions, the EPA announced on February 22, 2010 that there would be delays to implementation of the regulation of green house gases as stationary source emissions under the Clean Air Act, and … Continue Reading

SEC Adopts Interpretive Guidance on Disclosure Regarding Climate Change

As described in a previous alert, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") voted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 to adopt an interpretive release to provide guidance on existing public company disclosure requirements as they apply to business or legal developments relating to climate change. The SEC has now distributed the interpretive release itself, which can … Continue Reading

SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Greenhouse Gases

My partner Tom Wood circulated this preliminary alert this afternoon: "Earlier today the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) approved interpretive guidance intended to inform public companies how climate change must be taken into account when applying existing disclosure requirements.  Specifically, the SEC’s interpretative guidance highlights the following areas as examples of where climate change … Continue Reading

EPA Announces “Endangerment” and “Cause or Contribute” Findings

Stoel Rives partner Tom Wood reports: Minutes ago EPA announced its long awaited “endangerment” and “cause or contribute” findings in relation to six key greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride.  While technically this announcement is of limited significance (applying only to motor vehicle emissions), the policy import of … Continue Reading

EPA Aims to Limit Greenhouse Gas Regulations to Large Facilities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule that would limit future greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations under the Clean Air Act to large industrial facilities emitting the equivalent of 25,000 tons or more of carbon dioxide annually. Effectively,  the application of GHG regulations will be confined to facilities such as power plants, refineries, … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Invests $300 Million in a Green Federal Fleet

The Obama Administration has met its goal to invest $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on fuel-efficient vehicles for the federal fleet. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it has ordered : · 3,100 fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles for $77 million; · 14,105 fuel-efficient vehicles including alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles, for … Continue Reading

US and China Co-Host First Electric Vehicle Forum

140 U.S. and Chinese officials met in Beijing at the first U.S.-China Electric Vehicle Forum to discuss progress in the electric vehicle industry and opportunities, concluded October The meeting highlighted the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry in China and the US (which are two largest auto markets and energy consumers, and together emit more than … Continue Reading

EPA Issues Final GHG Reporting Rule

On the topic of Greenhouse Gas reporting, my partner Tom Wood recently circulated this "heads up" about EPA’s final rule: On September 22, 2009, EPA issued its final rule on greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting.  Fossil fuel and industrial GHG suppliers, motor vehicle and engine manufacturers, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $10 million for Climate Showcase Communities

On June 16, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued a request for applications ("RFA") for its Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program.  The RFA provides $10 million for programs to help lower green house gas ("GHG") emissions through energy and resource management. Eligible activities are those that reduce GHG emissions in the following priority areas: … Continue Reading

U.S. EPA Holds Public Hearings in California on Proposed Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

U.S. EPA is holding a public hearing in Sacramento, California today on the agency’s proposed rule on mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting.  EPA held public hearings on the new rule in the Washington D.C. area earlier this month.  Over 13,000 facilities nationwide, accounting for about 85% to 90% of GHGs emitted in the U.S., will be required to report their … Continue Reading

Dingell Unseated; Waxman to Head House Energy and Commerce Committee

In a move that could have a significant impact on the energy sector (and create a buzz among political science departments) nationwide, Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) has dethroned Representative John Dingell (D-MI) in his nearly 28-year post as chairman of the influential Committee on Energy and Commerce. The 137-122 secret vote has shaken up the seniority … Continue Reading
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