Today the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which petitioners challenged the EPA’s “Prevention of Significant Deterioration” (“PSD”) regulations for stationary industrial sources of greenhouse gases. These regulations, finalized in 2010, require sources that emit over 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases to obtain a PSD permit […]

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement & Next Steps On January 31, the United States State Department issued its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, which is designed to transport oil sands bitumen from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska.  The environmental impact statement was issued to comply with the […]

On April 25, Michael Bishop, a farmer acting pro se, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to revoke TransCanada’s permit to construct the southern half of the Keystone XL project.  This part of the project, known as the “Gulf Coast Project” or “Phase III”, travels from Cushing, […]

In my first year after university, I had five roommates who were extremely smart basketball fans.  I’m your typical Minnesotan hockey player, so I had a lot to learn about basketball.  I often asked my roommates questions like: Is Scott Pollard a good center? Are the Hornets hard to beat?  Does zone defense work?  They […]

With about a fifth of the world’s population, China plays a crucial role in the world’s energy and climate futures.  Right now, the developed world comprises an outsized portion of global energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to its population, (, but per capita energy use in developing countries like China will gradually converge […]

On June 25, President Obama unveiled a Climate Action Plan in a speech at Georgetown University (see here). This plan highlighted upcoming U.S. greenhouse gas standards for fossil-fuel power plants, directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue new proposals for both new and existing power plants.  But the speech is making the most news […]

An interesting divide has emerged in analysis of the effect of the Lac-Mégantic train disaster on the continuing debate over crude oil pipelines. Early Saturday morning, a train carrying carrying crude oil from the Bakken oil shale in North Dakota derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. ( Andrew Leach, at the University of Alberta, suggested that […]


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