Previous Legal and Political News 2022

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How outdated zoning codes are fueling the sprawl of e-commerce warehouses.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