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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.


Current Blogs

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Whales, Lobsters, and the Paradox of Winning Too Much
December 07, 2023

Posted on December 7, 2023 by Jerry Reid “We’re gonna win so much, you may even get tired of winning. And you’ll say, ‘Please, please. It’s too much winning. We can’t take it anymore.’”  That was what then-candidate Trump promised life would be like in America during his presidency. ...

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Is Litigation the Solution to Plastic Pollution?
November 17, 2023

Posted on November 17, 2023 by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against PepsiCo.  At the core of the case are allegations that PepsiCo.’s widespread use of single-use plastics has created or contributed to a public nuisance in the Buffalo River. ...


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In Praise of Fuzzy Math
December 27, 2022

Posted on December 27, 2022 by Amy Sinden As we approach the two-year mark, there are plenty of unfinished items on the President’s to-do list.  One in particular that...

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Food is finally on the table of global environmental summits, but to what end?
December 23, 2022

Posted on December 23, 2022 by Smita Narula Industrial food systems are responsible for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions and are a key driver of deforestation and biodiversity loss,...

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Another Day Older and Deeper in (Carbon) Debt
December 20, 2022

Posted on December 20, 2022 by Seth Jaffe The International Energy Agency has released its 2022 Coal analysis and forecast.  It is sobering. By the time 2022 is over,...

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The Agony of Defeat (Devices)
December 19, 2022

Posted on December 19, 2022 by Sam Gutter I’ve been engaged in issues involving mobile sources for more than 40 years.  For much of that time, most of the...

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Our Environmental Statutes Are Broken
December 12, 2022

Posted on December 12, 2022 by Seth Jaffe A few weeks ago, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a writ of mandamus to the Center for Biological Diversity,...

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Is PFAS Hype Causing Irrational Decisions?
December 5, 2022

Posted on December 5, 2022 by John V. Byl The intense focus on PFAS compounds in recent years, and particularly PFOA and PFOS, is undeniable. There have been several...

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Heavy, Sticky, and Sometimes Icky
November 29, 2022

Posted on November 29, 2022 by Kevin R. Murray The road seems heavy and sticky, take time to reach out to other Fellows, and for our own mental health,...

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A Few Certain Things – Taxes, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, and Climate Change?
November 28, 2022

Posted on November 28, 2022 by Donald C. Bluedorn II On November 3, 2022, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1059, which amends the Commonwealth’s Tax Reform Code and,...

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CERCLA Has Never Been a “Polluter Pays” Statute
November 18, 2022

Posted on November 18, 2022 by Seth Jaffe Environment and Energy Report (subscription required) had a story yesterday about growing opposition to EPA’s proposal to list two PFAS compounds,...


October 17, 2023

October 17, 2023For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce...

ACOEL Announces Newly-Elected Fellows for 2023
July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to welcome...