Previous Legal and Political News 2022

Colby Commemorates 50 Years of Clean Water 11-07-22

Maine’s rivers used to be among the country’s most polluted. The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, changed everything. Read more


Three governor’s races that really matter for climate policy 11-03-22

…with Republicans poised to control one or both chambers of Congress after next week’s midterm elections, the prospects for climate legislation on Capitol Hill look bleak. Read more


Tax the rich for climate action? Protect towns from floods? It’s on state ballots this November. 10-27-22

Two major climate initiatives in New York and California, and many more to watch at the local level. Read more


Civilian Climate Corps programs take off in states across the country 10-14-22

Beyond the Beltway, Civilian Climate Corps programs are flourishing in states across the country. Read more


Biden to designate Colorado’s Camp Hale as his first national monument 10-12-22

The move delivers on a key priority for Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat battling for reelection Read more


West Virginia, Kentucky officials ignored plans for catastrophic floods 10-10-22

For years officials have ignored their own completed plans for how to prevent these kinds of disasters from happening in the first place.


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New York is the latest state to ban sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 10-07-22

But if you want to buy an EV, the state is making it more affordable. Read more


Hurricane Ian was a powerful storm. Real estate developers made it a catastrophe. 09-30-22

‘Dredge-and-fill’ created thousands of homes vulnerable to storm surge. Read more


‘A much-needed step’: The EPA creates a new environmental justice office 09-28-22

The initiative will give hard-hit communities $3 billion to address pollution. Read more


The Senate just approved an international climate treaty, with bipartisan support 09-21-22

The Kigali Amendment sets a timeline for the world to phase down the use of powerful greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons. Read more


Left Behind 09-21-22

What life is like for the last residents of Staten Island’s Oakwood Beach. Read more


These red states don’t want climate targets — but they do want green jobs 09-12-22

How Georgia and other Republican-led states are trying to benefit from the clean manufacturing boom. Read more


America’s electric utilities spent decades spreading climate misinformation 09-07-22

Utilities knew about climate change as early as the 1960s and misled the public in order to continue turning a profit. Read more


The most influential calculation in US climate policy is way off, study finds 09-01-22

Carbon emissions cost society at least three times more than the government’s official estimate. Read more


Parched California prepares for first-ever Colorado River cuts 09-06-22

An emerging deal would cut water deliveries to Southern California — but fall far short of federal demands. Read more


It’s official: California is phasing out gas-powered cars by 2035 08-25-22

“This is a historic moment for California, for our partner states, and for the world.” Read more


Democrats Designed the Climate Law to Be a Game Changer. Here’s How. 08-22-22

In a first, the measure legally defines greenhouse gases as pollution. That’ll make new regulations much tougher to challenge in court. Read more


Hot deals: A consumer’s guide to the new climate law 08-21-22

Electric vehicles. Solar panels. Even farm improvements. Here’s a tip sheet on how to take advantage of the incentives and tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act. Read more


‘The three climateers’ represent a new type of climate hawk on Capitol Hill 08-18-22

Meet ‘the three climateers’: Sens. Brian Schatz, Martin Heinrich and Sheldon Whitehouse. Read more


The problem with corporate pledges to protect abortion access and the climate 08-18-22

“Companies don’t do anything out of the goodness of their hearts.” Read more


Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law 08-16-22

It’s the single biggest climate package in U.S. history. Read more


Massachusetts’ Republican governor signs far-reaching climate bill into law 08-12-22

It’s “a big f****ing deal.” Read more


Senate Democrats Pass Sweeping Climate And Health Care Bill 08-07-22

The Inflation Reduction Act is poised to give President Joe Biden another major legislative victory ahead of November’s midterm elections. Read more


In exchange for climate legislation, Joe Manchin was promised a pipeline. Will he get it? 08-04-22

The agreement might not solve the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s biggest problem: compliance with environmental law. Read more


Manchin, Dems reach deal on climate legislation 07-27-22

The bill would devote $369 billion toward tackling “energy security and climate change.” Read more


Americans Divided Over Direction of Biden’s Climate Change Policies 07-14-22

Several climate policies receive bipartisan support, despite Republicans and Democrats differing on overall approach Read more


The Field Report: In DC, Lawmakers Push ‘Common Sense’ Food Waste Solution 07-13-22

A new bill would make it easier for businesses and organizations to donate surplus food, helping fight hunger and reduce food waste. Read more


How a 50-year-old PR Strategy Influenced the Supreme Court’s EPA Decision 07-06-22

Bruce Harrison developed the “Three Es” in the 1970s. Now the framing is everywhere. Read more


Op-ed: With Food Prices on the Rise, Is a ‘Bean New Deal’ the Answer? 07-01-22

As inflation keeps driving up prices for poultry and beef, the government should ease spending on meat and pay farmers to plant beans. Read more


The Supreme Court’s climate decision came out of a decades-long campaign to kneecap regulation 06-30-22

A brief history of how dark money and the country’s most powerful legal organization brought us to this point. Read more


The climate math just got harder 06-30-22

The Supreme Court has issued one of the most important environmental rulings ever, which will make the battle against global warming even more difficult. Read more


House Democrats probe PR industry’s role in advertising for Big Oil 06-13-22

Two House Democrats are pressing public relations and advertising firms on their work to improve the environmental images of fossil fuel companies, despite their role in the climate crisis. Read more


Meet the group lobbying against climate regulations — using your utility bill 06-07-22

The federal government is considering a rule change that would make it harder for utility companies to recover trade association dues. Read more


In Hawaii, youth are suing over climate inaction 06-02-22

They’re targeting the state’s biggest emitter, the transportation sector. Read more


House Republicans’ climate strategy draws Democrats’ jeers 06-02-22

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) plans to unveil a strategy today outlining how Republicans would address climate change. Read more


A ‘Warehouse’ By Any Other Name 05-25-22

How outdated zoning codes are fueling the sprawl of e-commerce warehouses. Read more


Pennsylvania might really send an anti-fracking advocate to Congress 05-19-22

Summer Lee made environmental justice and a green transition a central part of her campaign. Read more


Environmentalists Cheer as Biden Admin Cancels Millions of Acres of Oil & Gas Lease Sales in Public Waters 05-13-22

Interior Department confirmed it has canceled three lease sales. Read more


Oregon Adopts Nation’s Strongest Farmworker Protections for Heat and Wildfire Smoke 05-12-22

The new law will protect tens of thousands of workers from illness and death when temperatures soar past 80 or when the air becomes clogged with wildfire smoke. Read more

What overturning Roe v. Wade means for pregnant people in pollution hotspots 05-12-22

Communities near polluting sites tend to be disproportionately lower income and people of color — populations that are more likely to need abortion care in the first place. Read more


The secrets to passing climate legislation — even in red states 05-10-22

These Republican states are passing clean energy bills in the name of freedom and economics. Read more


Texas House race poses test for Democrats on abortion and climate politics 05-10-22

The race, which is back in the national spotlight because of the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. Read more


Environmental justice law in New York could prevent new pollution in hard-hit neighborhoods 05-09-22

The state joins New Jersey in passing toughest legislation in country. Read more


A new Office of Environmental Justice is announced 05-06-22

New Justice Dept. office will take on polluters in hard-hit communities. Read more


Supreme Court leak strikes fear among environmental lawyers 05-04-22

Supreme Court leak strikes fear among environmental lawyers about blockbuster climate case. Read more


California opens investigation into ‘decades-long plastics deception campaign’ 04-29-22

The state’s attorney general argues fossil fuel companies have long known recycling is a “myth.” Read more


First all-electric heating mandate for buildings passes in Washington state. 04-26-22

Under a new energy code, most new commercial and large multifamily buildings will have to install heat pumps. Read more


Biden to issue Earth Day order to safeguard old-growth forests. 04-21-22

The order, which the president will sign Friday in Seattle, aims to slow climate change by storing carbon in trees Read more


Earth Day, and the media’s point of view 04-21-22

ON THE FIRST EARTH DAY, in 1970, America’s TV networks were not shy about taking a position on the news of the day. Read more


FEMA’s new flood insurance system is sinking waterfront homeowners. That might be the point. 04-20-22

Premiums are ballooning in states like Florida and Louisiana — and adaptation measures won’t bring costs back down. Read more


The Field Report: Conservation Dollars Funding CAFOs Instead of Soil Health 04-19-22

Plus, Biden gives biofuels a huge boost, the 2025 Dietary Guidelines process kicks off, and more. Read more


They derailed climate action for a decade. And bragged about it. 04-15-22

New research sheds light on the Global Climate Coalition’s efforts to block legislation. Read more


Scientists identify the missing ingredient for climate action: Political will. 04-08-22

The IPCC’s latest report finally recognizes the social barriers to climate action. Read more


Roberts joins liberals in criticizing ‘shadow docket’ pollution ruling. 04-06-22

In a first, chief justice agrees conservatives’ ruling marked an abuse of the court’s emergency powers. Read more


Is your electric utility blocking climate action? 04-14-22

According to a new report, the chances are high. Read more


What’s in Biden’s $5.8 trillion budget proposal? 03-29-22

Funding for green jobs, climate research, and environmental justice. Read more


‘We are unstoppable’: Youth climate strikes return in full force. 03-28-22

Students march for their future in 750 cities across the globe Read more


Why the Senate hasn’t made a climate deal yet 03-25-22

Democrats (including Joe Manchin) say they agree on historic climate spending. So what’s the holdup? Read more


The Senate’s only farmer is an unlikely champion for climate action 03-24-22

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has something in common with Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.): They both hail from red states that President Biden lost to Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Read more


Jane Fonda’s new climate PAC is taking on fossil fuel-backed politicians 03-18-22

And this isn’t her first rodeo in political funding. Read more


Why the return of earmarks could be good news for the planet 03-17-22

With most of the president’s climate agenda stalled in Congress, every ounce of climate spending counts. Read more


Raskin withdraws as Biden’s Fed nominee 03-15-22

Sarah Bloom Raskin had been stuck in the Senate Banking Committee amid a GOP boycott of a committee vote on her nomination. Read more


House Democrats urge Biden to restart spending bill negotiations and prioritize climate change 03-14-22

“Throughout 2021, we bore witness to the devastating impacts of the climate crisis, further illustrating why transformational action cannot wait,” the 89 lawmakers wrote. Read more


Senate’s Whitehouse Pitches Stiff New Tax on Oil-Company Profits 03-10-22

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is pitching a steep new tax on oil companies, such as Chevron Corp. and Shell Plc, as part of a broader plan to mitigate the impact of inflation on middle-income families. Read more


Some lawmakers want to pair a Russian oil embargo with climate action. Will it work? 03-08-22

A chorus of bipartisan support emerged on Capitol Hill on Monday for fast-tracking legislation to halt U.S. imports of Russian oil following the Kremlin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Read more


UN report could change the conversation on ‘loss and damage’ at November’s climate negotiations. 03-02-22

The new IPCC report spotlighted the issue, despite U.S. opposition. Read more


Biden has picked his Supreme Court nominee. Here’s her environmental record. 02-25-22

Though Ketanji Brown Jackson has a mixed environmental record, green groups want the staunch liberal confirmed swiftly. Read more


Yale, Stanford and MIT’s fossil fuel investments are illegal, students say 02-16-22

Novel legal strategy argues that top schools including Princeton and Vanderbilt are legally obliged to put the public interest first. Read more


Democrats’ climate hopes are riding on a new environmental justice bill 02-16-22

Here’s what Republicans had to say about it. Read more


Six congressional staffers who have played a key role in crafting climate policy 02-14-22

It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill that congressional staffers do a lot of the work that their bosses get recognized for in the press. Read more


House hearing puts pressure on American oil companies’ climate pledges 02-09-22

Three takeaways from the House Oversight hearing on Big Oil’s climate pledges. Read more


This senator thought he had given his 279th and final speech on climate change. He was wrong. 02-03-22

With climate action stalled, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is reviving his “Time to Wake Up” speeches. Read more


What voting rights mean for the planet 02-01-22

The inextricable link between voting rights and environmental justice. Read more


Court Revokes Oil and Gas Leases, Citing Climate Change 01-27-22

A judge ruled that the Interior Department must consider the climate effects of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before awarding leases. Read more


The Supreme Court takes on the nation’s bedrock environmental laws 01-25-22

Supreme Court to hear case that could narrow the Clean Water Act. Read more


This ‘super-freshman’ is making a mark on climate policy in the House 01-19-22

Rep. Melanie Ann Stansbury (D-N.M.) is a freshman lawmaker to watch on climate. Read more


EDITORIAL: The peril from climate change crosses political lines, just like the Marshall Wildfire did 01-02-22

A woman reacts to seeing the remains of her mother’s home destroyed by the Marshall Wildfire in Louisville, Colo., Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. Read more