Category Archives: Proposed US Law

U.S. Establishes New Federal Flood Risk Management Standard to Account for Climate Risks

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On Friday (January 30, 2015), President Obama issued an executive order requiring all federally-funded construction projects to adopt more stringent siting and building standards to account for increased flooding risks linked to climate change.[1] The policy is aimed to “improve the resilience of communities and [protect] Federal assets against the impacts of flooding.”[2] Most agencies currently rely on historical flood data ... Read More »

Obama’s Inaugural Address Puts Climate Change in the Forefront


In what many are seeing a harbinger of a more environmentally-focused term, U.S. President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address included an impassioned commitment to climate change that he filled eight sentences, longer then any other area of discussion: “We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond ... Read More »

Cap and Trade Revenue Bill Approved in California

It is anticipated that California will collect more than $1billion a year in revenue from selling allowances in the state’s CO2 cap-and-trade market.[1] On Tuesday May 29th 2012, the California Assembly voted to approve AB 1532, a bill that provides the foundation for how the state will spend revenue generated from its carbon market. California’s cap-and-trade program begins on January ... Read More »

Caps off to The Golden State – California Adopts Cap-and-Trade Regulations

October 20th, 2011, in a unanimous vote, The California Air Resources Board chose to implement a comprehensive statewide cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Scheduled to begin in 2013, the regulation sets a limit on the emission of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases on sources responsible for 85 percent of California’s GHGs.  This translates into 360 businesses and ... Read More »

Quebec: Moving Forward with Cap-and-Trade

The Province of Quebec looks set to move forward with a one-year trial period for a hard cap-and-trade system affecting major industrial greenhouse gas emissions. This process is part of Quebec’s broader participation in the Western Climate Initiative, of which BC, Ontario and Manitoba are also members. From the Montreal Gazette: Quebec will be a pioneer in North America, along ... Read More »

Key US Supreme Court Case Dismisses Public Nuisance Argument on GHGs

By Travis Allan and Zizzo Allan intern Ari Foyle The United States Supreme Court has come to a long-awaited decision in American Electric Power v. Connecticut, a highly contested case involving several states who sought an injunction requiring various electric utility companies to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The lawsuit was filed by eight state attorney generals, the City ... Read More »

California Judge Halts Cap-and-Trade Plan

The Superior Court of California put the breaks on the state’s comprehensive climate change legislative regime ruling the regulatory agency is required to more comprehensively consider public comments and alternatives to the state’s cap and trade program. This is a sure setback for California’s Air Resources Board (“ARB”) in it’s attempt to implement the groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act, 2006 ... Read More »

NRTEE Suggests Made-In-Canada Climate Policy and Carbon Pricing

National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) recently released a report calling on the federal government to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) and create a “made-in-Canada” carbon price for the good of both Canadian industry and the global environment. The report entitled Parallel Paths: Canada-US Climate Policy Choices was released January 25, 2011 and is one in the series ... Read More »