Monthly Climate Change Briefing: December 2021

December 13, 2021 5:00 pm — 5:30 pm

Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.


Topics to be addressed in this month's call:

  • Recent California movement to limit both upstream and downstream impacts of oil, including increasing local action to phase out actions related to oil and gas well drilling, Southern California’s air district’s shift from cap and trade to facility-specific regulation for air pollution from oil refineries, and recent actions including denial of fracking permits by California’s state permitting agency
  • Electrification efforts, including local government building decarbonization (Ithaca, NY as leader) and various state action on deploying EVs
  • New York’s denial of permits for two natural gas power plants and Virginia’s denial of permits for a natural gas compressor station in a pipeline project, showing how state renewable/carbon-free electricity policy is being implemented at the permitting level
  • Investments by various local communities to adapt and defend against sea level rise and coastal events
  • New York’s Department of Financial Services’ final guidance on climate change financial risks in the insurance industry
  • Ninth Circuit rejection of NEPA challenge to air cargo facility, with significant environmental justice as well as climate issues
  • D.C. Circuit decision vacating greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for trailers
  • Wisconsin federal court decision enjoining work on electric transmission line for inadequate consideration of climate change and of solar and storage alternatives in environmental impact statement
  • Decision from court in Mexico suspending the country's revised Nationally Determined Contribution because it is weaker than prior NDC
  • Update on the reconciliation package and the Biden Executive Order on government purchases of zero-emission vehicles and power

Michael Gerrard, Founder and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Sean B. Hecht, Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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