Global Warming Litigation Heats Up in Federal Courts

Last month we reported that a federal appeals court ruled that environmental groups had standing to sue energy companies under tort and public nuisance claims for their alleged contribution to global warming. This month a federal district court came to opposite conclusion. Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District […]

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Wisconsin Biofuels Bill Debated in Public Hearing

  The Assembly Committee on Renewable Energy and Rural Affairs and Senate Committee on Rural Issues, Biofuels, and Information Technology this week held a joint hearing on companion bills – SB 279, introduced by Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls) and AB 408, introduced by Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) – dealing with domestic biofuels. The bills […]

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EPA Announces Plans to Regulate Greenhouse Gases Under Clean Air Act

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson yesterday announced that the agency will not wait for Congress to act on regulating greenhouse gas emissions. In her announcement, Jackson stated that the EPA will take “significant steps” under the Clean Air Act to address greenhouse gas emissions.   Under the plan, industrial facilities, refiners, and […]

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U.S. Senators Unveil Climate Change Legislation

  Two U.S. Senators that head the Committee on Environment and Public Works today are introducing climate change legislation. Based on early reports, the bill authored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California) and John Kerry (D-Mass.), will call for greater reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the House version, which narrowly passed in June. The […]

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Alberta-Wisconsin Oil Pipeline Suit Transferred to Minnesota Court

  We recently reported that the U.S. State Department granted a permit to construct a 326-mile oil pipeline from the Canadian border to Superior, Wisconsin. The Sierra Club opposes construction of the pipeline and is attempting to halt the project. The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in California, ostensibly to seek what the environmental group […]

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Polls Show People Are for Reducing CO2, If It Doesn’t Cost Money or Jobs

  Two polls released last week show that Wisconsinites have seemingly diverging views on whether to address climate change. However, when the two polls are closely analyzed, it appears that there isn’t any discrepancy – people support actions that reduce climate change as long as it doesn’t cost a lot of money or jobs. The first poll, […]

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Second Circuit Court Allows States to Sue Power Plants over CO2 Emissions

A federal appeals court this week ruled that eight states can proceed with their lawsuit against five power plants for their contribution to global warming. (State of Connecticut, et al. v. American Electric Power Company, Inc. et al.) The eight states, including Wisconsin, sued the power plants seeking abatement of “ongoing contributions to the public […]

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Cap-and-Trade Legislation Would Cost Families $1,761 A Year

  CBS News is reporting that a memorandum prepared by the Obama administration shows that enacting cap-and-trade legislation would cost taxpayers up to $200 billion a year, or equivalent to $1,761 per household. Another memorandum obtained by CBS News shows the Obama administration transition team discussing the economic impact climate change policies will have. According to the […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Increases Renewable Energy Standard – Wisconsin May Be Next in Line

  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week will issue an executive order requiring that state to generate one-third of its power from renewable resources by 2020. Currently, California imposes a 20 percent requirement by 2010. Gov. Schwarzenegger is expected this week to veto a similar bill passed by the California Legislature. The bill limited the […]

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EPA Sued Over California’s Greenhouse Gas Waiver Request

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Automobile Dealers Association on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. over the EPA’s decision to grant California a waiver under the Clean Air Act. On June 30, 2009, the Obama administration granted California’s waiver request for its greenhouse gas emission standards for […]

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