California gasoline rationing begins January 1

You read that correctly. Today, California motorists have the right to buy as much gasoline as they want, and fuel companies have the right to sell as much as they can supply, at prices agreeable to both. But in the New … Continue reading

Partial victory in Supreme Court greenhouse gas decision

Today the United States Supreme Court decided a very important case with implications for the nation’s economy and for the rule of law. In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, the Court held that EPA violated the Clean Air Act … Continue reading

Coal power plants and the ESA

Yesterday, EPA published in the Federal Register its proposed rule for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.  The rule has already garnered much criticism from industry, in particular for its reliance on a variety of “outside the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 27, 2013

Environment — Clean Air Act PLF and the National Association of Manufacturers filed this joint opposition brief in Alec L. v. McCarthy which is now before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  We intervened in this case in order to … Continue reading

Greenhouse gas rules up in the air

Today is a big day for all things greenhouse gas, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releasing its Fifth Assessment Report.  Earlier this week, the similarly named (but differently purposed) Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change released its latest … Continue reading

Cert sought in global warming nuisance case

In Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., the Ninth Circuit held that the Clean Air Act displaces any otherwise existing federal law of public nuisance.  (PLF filed an amicus brief supporting the energy companies).  Consequently, the court’s ruling eliminates … Continue reading

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announces departure

In the wake of rumors that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar may resign from the cabinet, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson yesterday formally announced her departure.  Cabinet officials frequently rotate out of government as an administration transitions to a second term, so Jackson has … Continue reading

Defending the indefensible

In his environmentalist apologia for the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) entitled “EPA, job killer or people saver?” journalist LZ Granderson seeks to rehabilitate EPA from recent criticisms and attacks.  The thesis of Mr. Granderson’s piece is that, because our water and air … Continue reading