FIELD REPORTS

Green Energy and Green Banks: Governance Policies on Climate Change

11th January 2015 By: Anthony Fares

Event Coverage from the Columbia University Energy Symposium, held at Columbia University on November 21, 2014.

This Field Report addresses the major topics covered by the Governance Policies on Climate Change Panel at the 10th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium, held on November 21st, 2014.  Panelists included Farrukh Khan, Senior Manager & Head of Climate Finance at the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General; Jean-Philippe Brisson, a partner at Latham & Watkins and Co-Chair of its Air-Quality and Climate Change Practice; and Andrew Darrell, Chief of Strategy, U.S. Climate, & Energy and New York Regional Director at the Environmental Defense Fund.  Sara F. Tjossem, a senior lecturer in Environmental Science & Policy at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, moderated the panel.  These leaders in environmental law and policy focused their discussion on state, national, and international implementation of cap-and-trade, and considered how to fund sustainable development in both the developed and developing worlds.

 

Should Universities and Pension Funds Divest from Fossil Fuel Stocks?

7th January 2015 By: Gregg Badicheck

Event Coverage from the "Should Universities and Pension Funds Divest from Fossil Fuel Stocks?" Forum, held at Columbia University on November 24, 2014.

The campaign encouraging shareholding entities to divest their holdings and funds from the stocks of fossil fuel companies has grown from a loosely affiliated grassroots confederation into a national-arguably global-movement deserving of major media coverage. It targets universities, pension funds, foundations, and religious institutions, among other groups. In the realm of university campaigns, students and occasionally alumni typically aim to pressure the school's fiduciaries to divest for political or moral reasons.

The Environmental Threat of Cuba’s Deep Water Exploratory Drilling Under the Embargo

21st December 2014 By: Leo Oppenheimer

For the past decade, Cuba has permitted drilling offshore exploratory wells in the North Cuban Basin, just 60 miles from the United States' coastline. As the Deepwater Horizon disaster made clear, offshore exploratory drilling can go disastrously wrong and the environmental consequences of a spill can be devastating. Unfortunately, the Cuban Embargo is creating several obstacles to working with Cuba to avert and respond to drilling related disasters.

Hot Air Rises Through the Courts

3rd June 2014 By: Rees Alexander and Elizabeth Ewing

This Field Report previews Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, a pending Supreme Court case that will address whether the EPA permissibly concluded that a group of stationary sources are subject to permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act. For decades, the EPA has operated with the understanding that once a particular type of air pollutant becomes regulated under any section the Clean Air Act, the EPA could take the next step and regulate the same pollutant with respect to other sources in other sections of the Act. Accordingly, EPA determined that because it had started to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, it could also regulate these emissions from larger stationary sources. This interpretation has generated controversy because if these permitting requirements applied immediately, the costs would be so staggering that the EPA itself has decided to phase-in the permitting requirements.

 

The “Lone Grid” State: Texas as the Ideal Location for State-Level Climate Regulation

13th December 2013 By: James D. Friedland

Conflict in the Air? Federalism, the Clean Air Act, and Arkansas's Act 1302

13th December 2013 By: Christian D. Petrangelo

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Winners and Losers

24th April 2013 By: Marc Legrand

Nanoparticles: Regulating a Tiny Problem with Huge Risks

23rd April 2013 By: Kirill Lebedev

5th Circuit Reverses Itself on Hurricane Katrina Liability Lawsuit

22nd April 2013 By: Willis Hon

Field Notes from the Superstorm Sandy Catastrophe

8th January 2013 By: Elizabeth Burleson

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The Environmental Threat of Cuba’s Deep Water Exploratory Drilling Under the Embargo

By: Leo Oppenheimer
21 December 2014 12:00 am

For the past decade, Cuba has permitted drilling offshore exploratory wells in the North Cuban Basin, just 60 miles from the United States' coastline. As the Deepwater Horizon disaster made clear, offshore exploratory drilling can go disastrously wrong and the environmental consequences of a spill can be devastating. Unfortunately, the Cuban...

+The “Lone Grid” State: Texas as the Ideal Location for State-Level Climate Regulation

By: James D. Friedland
13 December 2013 12:00 am

States face a hurdle in regulating greenhouse gas emissions that the federal government does not:  the dormant Commerce Clause. Most states import considerable amounts of electricity, so a state that desires to enact a strong climate program must regulate its imported power.  Yet emissions from electricity generation must be...

Hot Air Rises Through the Courts

By: Rees Alexander and Elizabeth Ewing
03 June 2014 12:00 am

This Field Report previews Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, a pending Supreme Court case that will address whether the EPA permissibly concluded that a group of stationary sources are subject to permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act. For decades, the EPA has operated with the understanding that once a particular type of air pollutant...

+Conflict in the Air? Federalism, the Clean Air Act, and Arkansas's Act 1302

By: Christian D. Petrangelo
13 December 2013 12:00 am

Air pollution is now the world’s “most important environmental carcinogen.”  So concluded a recent expert panel on cancer research at the World Health Organization (WHO).  Governments have responded to such unsettling statistics in part through increased regulation.  In March 2013, Washington D.C.-based...