Archives for March 2017

March 27

News

Melting tundra creates giant bubbles and craters

Assignment

 Paris Climate Agreement – Official Text

Paris Climate Agreement – background information

We are going to read and analyze the Paris Climate agreement. This may take more than one class, but use the weekend to get the reading done. This the key global climate change agreement. Think about whether it is sufficient, what happens if the US pulls out, and where do we go from here?

March 22

News

Correction: Traffic and Accident Data Summary Statistics – Germany

Germany has seen an amazing drop in automobile per mile over the past 30 years. It is now about half the US rate, dentists and Porsches, notwithstanding.

Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy https://nyti.ms/2nyNzz6

Assignment

We will have a guest speaker

North Dakota v. Heydinger, 825 F.3d 912 (8th Cir. 2016)

Energy & Env’t Legal Inst. v. Epel, 793 F.3d 1169 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 136 S. Ct. 595, 193 L. Ed. 2d 487 (2015)

Resources

Slides: Clean Energy Federalism

 

March 20

News

White House: Climate funding is ‘a waste of your money’

Cheng, L. et al., 2017. Improved estimates of ocean heat content from 1960 to 2015. Science Advances, 3(3), p.e1601545.

Assignment

A little fun following the discussion last class: Martin Weitzman’s Dismal Theorem: Do “Fat Tails” Destroy Cost-Benefit Analysis?

(These are all pretty short.)

Carbon Pricing 101

Climate Change 101 – Cap and Trade

TAXING CARBON: WHAT, WHY, AND HOW

California Appellate Court Hears Arguments in Cap-and-Trade Program Challenge

What are REDD offsets and why are they controversial?

Climate Change: Caps vs. Taxes – The Conservative Case for Carbon Taxes

Cap and trade in Europe

Carl, Jeremy, and David Fedor. “Tracking global carbon revenues: A survey of carbon taxes versus cap-and-trade in the real world.” Energy Policy 96 (2016): 50-77.

This study looks at where carbon tax / cap and trade revenues are spent.

Resources

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Coefficients by Fuel

H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, 111th Congress (Waxman-Markey)

This was the climate bill that passed the house but did not pass the Senate before the Republicans captured the House.

 

March 15

News

Update on the Children’s Climate Action

Lavoie, Tegan N., et al. “Assessing the Methane Emissions from Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants and Oil Refineries.” Environmental Science & Technology (2017)

Assignment

The Social Cost of Carbon

ZERO ZONE, INC., et al., Petitioners, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, et al., Respondents., No. 14-2147, 2016 WL 4177217, at *1 (7th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016)

Read from 2. Environmental Benefits, p.39 to  4. Anticompetitive Effects, p45.

Brief of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondents, ZERO ZONE, INC., et al., Petitioners, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, et al., Respondents., No. 14-2147, 2016 WL 4177217, at *1 (7th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016)

Will Trump’s Climate Team Accept Any ‘Social Cost of Carbon’?

Discount rates: A boring thing you should know about

Resources

Slides: The Social Cost of Carbon in Federal Rulemaking Presented by Elizabeth Kopits National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. EPA

 

March 13

News

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Says Carbon Dioxide Is Not a ‘Primary Contributor’ to Global Warming

Update on the EPA stopping methane emissions reporting

The Core Clean Power Plant Rule Documents

Clean Power Plan Final Rule – August 2015

Clean Power Plan Index

Regulatory Impact Analysis for the Clean Power Plan Final Rule

Legal Memorandum Accompanying Clean Power Plan for Certain Issues

Just quickly skim these to get a feel for their length and complexity

Assignment

The EPA put together a set of short fact sheets explaining the Clean Power Plan. We are going to read these and discuss them in class.

 

March 8

News

New science standards face key vote Tuesday, but evolution may slow the debate

“In one case, Mills said, climate change and global warming are unfairly treated as foregone conclusions”

Assignment

Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, 74 FR 66496 Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Work through this. Find the legal authority and what needs to be show to trigger it, then look at how the technical document we discussed last class is used in the document, and finally parse the actual reg.

Resources

Annotated: Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, 74 FR 66496 Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I added bookmarks and highlights to facilitate our discussion.

March 6

News

Appeals court hands oil companies victory in coastal lawsuit: Bd Cmsnr SE LA Flood Protc, et al v. Tennessee Gas (2017)

Coal Cars!!

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming

Assignment

Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 839 F. Supp. 2d 849 (S.D. Miss. 2012) aff’d, 718 F.3d 460 (5th Cir. 2013) –  read the case and the recusal story.

Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act – Technical Support

We are going to begin our analysis of the underpinning for Clean Power Plant Rule. Read through page 10 and skim the rest of this document. We are going to go though It is technical support for rule, which is below. This is the endangerment finding that Pruitt will have to deal with in killing the Clean Power Plant Rule. We will start on the rule next class.

Resources

Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, 74 FR 66496 Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Social Cost of Carbon