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ACOEL members contribute regularly to the ACOEL Blog, writing on topics of current interest in their respective fields. Recently-published blogs are featured below, or you can search the ACOEL blog archive using the search feature.

 

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COP26 Retrospective: Historical Turning Point Toward a Sustainable Future?
January 18, 2022

Posted on January 18, 2022 by Daniel C. Esty When the history of the global shift toward a clean energy economy and a sustainable future gets written decades from now, it may well be that the COP26 Climate Change Conference will be seen as a watershed moment. While the...

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Environmental Penalties: Disparity and Discretion
January 14, 2022

Posted on January 14, 2022 by Jerry L. Anderson Environmental law enforcement seeks to achieve greater compliance by punishing intentional violations and ensuring that violators do not achieve a competitive advantage through avoidance of compliance costs.  To achieve that goal, regulators must balance the desire for uniformity with the...

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COP26 Retrospective: Historical Turning Point Toward a Sustainable Future?
January 18, 2022

Posted on January 18, 2022 by Daniel C. Esty When the history of the global shift toward a clean energy economy and a sustainable future gets written decades from...

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Environmental Penalties: Disparity and Discretion
January 14, 2022

Posted on January 14, 2022 by Jerry L. Anderson Environmental law enforcement seeks to achieve greater compliance by punishing intentional violations and ensuring that violators do not achieve a...

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What’s the Big Deal With NEPA?
January 13, 2022

Posted on January 13, 2022 by Ezekiel J. Williams Congress passed, and President Richard Nixon signed, the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) in 1970.  The legislation is deceptively simple,...

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Will the 30 x 30 Initiative Protect 30% of Freshwaters by 2030?
January 12, 2022

Posted on January 12, 2022 by Sandra B. Zellmer A global movement is underway to protect 30 percent of the Earth’s lands and waters by 2030. More than seventy...

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Lessons from the Pandemic About Making Decisions Without Statutes
January 11, 2022

Posted on January 11, 2022 by David G. Mandelbaum The New York Times recently published a column arguing that the movie “Don’t Look Up,” intended as an allegory about...

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Toppling Caligula’s Column: Seeking a Viable, Durable WOTUS Rule
January 10, 2022

Posted on January 10, 2022 by Zach Miller On December 7, 2021, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly issued a formal Proposed Rule to define “waters of...

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The Demise of Natural Gas Combined-Cycle Plant Development
January 7, 2022

Posted on January 7, 2022 by Eugene M. Trisko* The Biden Administration’s April 2021 pledge for new U.S. commitments to the Paris Agreement calls for an 80% reduction of...

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Climate Policy at 30: Glasgow Climate Pact
January 5, 2022

Posted on January 5, 2022 by Adam P. Kahn Each year since 1995, with the exception of 2020, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has hosted...

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CAN NET-ZERO CO2 EMISSIONS BE ACHIEVED BY 2050 WITHOUT CCUS?
January 4, 2022

Posted on January 4, 2022 by David M. Flannery While there are certainly voices that are urging that net-zero CO2 emissions can be achieved without reliance on fossil fuels,...


ACOEL PRESS RELEASES

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEWLY-ELECTED OFFICERS AND ADVISORY COUNCIL
December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021For Immediate ReleaseContact: admin@acoel.org (Washington, DC): The ACOEL Foundation, created by the American College of Environmental Lawyers...

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS ANNOUNCES NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS & REGENTS
October 13, 2021

(Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce its newly elected Officers and Regents,...