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A New United Nations Report Finds Paris Agreement Goal is Insufficient to Protect Billions of People From the Effects of Climate Change

In 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted with a goal of limiting warming to “well below 2°C.”  The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) then embarked on a study of the difference in climate change effects between a … Continue reading

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The U.S. is Progressing Toward Paris Agreement Goals Due to State and Local Actions on Climate Change, According to Bloomberg Report

Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg published a report, Fulfilling America’s Pledge, finding that notwithstanding the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement in June 2017, the country is … Continue reading

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Second Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Challenge to New York ZECs

Yesterday, in Coalition for Competitive Electricity et al. v. Zibelman et al.,* the Second Circuit upheld New York’s zero-emissions credits (ZECs) program, a component of its Clean Energy Standard and larger energy reform plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% … Continue reading

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2017 Saw Small Decrease in Energy Related CO2 Emissions

According to recently-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy-related CO2 emissions decreased 0.9% in 2017 compared to 2016 levels.  Real gross domestic product increased 2.3% over the same period. The increasing use of natural gas in fossil-fuel … Continue reading

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7th Circuit Upholds Illinois’s Zero Emissions Credit Program

Last week, in Electric Power Supply Association v. Star, Nos. 17-2433 & 17-2445, the Seventh Circuit upheld Illinois’s Zero Emissions Credit (ZEC) program, concluding that it is not preempted by the Federal Power Act and not in violation of the dormant … Continue reading

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