December 2011

2011: Notwithstanding Extreme Weather, US Climate Policy Does Not Move Forward

December 31, 2011 01:01
by J. Wylie Donald
NOAA reported that 2011 was one for the record books:  12 weather and climate-related disasters each causing over $1 billion in damage.  One might expect (or hope) that a national climate change policy would be coming into place to prevent repeating or setting a new record.  One would be disappointed.  U.S. climate policy is "uncertain," to quote Michael Morris, CEO of American Electric Power, "dysfunctional" is the word applied by Resources for the Future, "ha...

Climate Change Litigation: The Second Wave - Our Children's Trust Goes to Washington

December 16, 2011 22:09
by J. Wylie Donald
2000 years ago all roads led to Rome.  Nowadays, as Our Children’s Trust recently found out, the road of a climate change lawsuit leads to Washington.  All are familiar with the path to Washington taken by Massachusetts v. EPA and American Electric Power v. Connecticut.  Last week a different path surfaced:  the trial court.  The District of the District of Columbia became the Washington venue of Alec L. v. Jackson when  the Northern District of California tra...

Climate Change Effects | Climate Change Litigation | Regulation

Oral Argument in Kivalina: Winds of Change or Climate Change Liability Suits Becalmed?

December 4, 2011 23:16
by J. Wylie Donald
On November 8-9, 2011 an Arctic gale bore down on the peninsulas, islands, salt marshes and beaches of the Alaska littoral.  Named the Bering Sea Superstorm it pounded Alaska with 8-10 foot storm surges, wind gusts up to 75 mph and blizzard conditions.  One small community was particularly fearful.  Many readers already know of whom we are speaking:  Kivalina.  The National Weather Service wrote:  "WIDESPREAD MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING AND SEVERE BEACH EROSION IS E...

Carbon Dioxide | Climate Change Litigation | Supreme Court


McCARTER & ENGLISH CLIMATE CHANGE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PRACTICE GROUP

The business case for the development of renewable energy projects, from biodiesel and ethanol to wind, solar, and distributed generation, is more compelling than ever as tax and regulatory incentives combine to attract investments. Emerging issues in environmental law and increasingly recognized principles of corporate social responsibility are encouraging public companies to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions, install clean energy alternatives, and invest overseas in projects under the Kyoto Protocol to respond to climate change concerns.

Click here for more information and a list of our group members.
© McCarter & English, LLP. All Rights Reserved. disclaimer
navbottom image