The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) channels the expertise of the Berkeley Law community into pragmatic, creative policy solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges.
Having just passed the 200th day of the Trump Administration, Professor Eric Biber and Professor Dan Farber, have published a brief analysis of the Trump Administration’s impact on environmental law thus far.
Stemming from a series of Legal Planet blog posts, this timely report focuses on the governance mechanisms that Trump and congressional Republicans could use to attack the environment, along with methods of resisting their efforts.
From the Blog
The Place of Pruitt’s Nightmares (10/19/2017)
In his worst dreams, Scott Pruitt must find himsel ... [read more]
Public Lands Watch: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (10/17/2017)
One of the longest lasting fights over the federal ... [read more]
Disaster Resilience: Inching Forward, Sliding Back (10/16/2017)
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, a ... [read more]
Will Renewable Energy Keep Getting Cheaper? (10/12/2017)
The Trump Administration is trying to save coal an ... [read more]
How the filibuster shapes environmental law (10/11/2017)
In case you haven’t noticed recently, there’ ... [read more]
Few things were more foreseeable than a repeal of ... [read more]
Overall, the California Legislature had a most pro ... [read more]
Disaster Insurance (10/09/2017)
Rebuilding takes money. That makes insurance a c ... [read more]
CLEE is looking to expand our reach and ensure our continued engagement in effective and timely research projects to protect the environment. To achieve this goal, we’re looking for a Development Officer to join our team.
Please see the job posting for details about this position and information about how to apply.
When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5-7pm
Where: Warren Room (295 Boalt), UC Berkeley School of Law
Following up on our 2016 report, Powering the Savings, speakers, included California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, focusing on recent innovations, new policies, and promising success stories on metered energy efficiency that the state can build on to achieve these ambitious and necessary climate and energy goals.
Drawing from the discussions during our November 2016 symposium, CLEE and our partners have drafted an issue brief outlining key challenges for California’s coastal governance. Using lessons from California history in preserving its coast, The Past, Present, and Future of California’s Coastal Act: Overcoming Division to Comprehensively Manage the Coast identifies key questions we need to answer and begins to chart a course for the next 40 years of Coastal Act implementation.
CLEE and our research partners have completed the first comprehensive, academic study of the economic effects of existing climate and clean energy policies in Southern California’s Inland Empire. Together with UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, and working with the nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10, the study, The Net Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs in the Inland Empire, estimates a net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 net direct jobs from 2010 to 2016 in the region.
Also see our webinar discussion of these findings.
Chevron v. NRDC has been central to environmental law and administrative law for years. With an increasingly conservative Supreme Court, some are speculating that Chevron could be overruled, which would have sweeping repercussions.
Writing for the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Forum, Professor Dan Farber discusses the likelihood of this happening and what we could expect as a result.
California will need widespread consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in order to achieve the state’s environmental and energy goals. But achieving these goals will require a significant boost to EV charging infrastructure, particularly in workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, and fast charge “plazas.”
Because charging station installation and maintenance typically entails high costs, with often uncertain revenues, policy action will be required. Our newly released report explores policy solutions to address this challenge.
CLIMATE & ENERGY
- The Net Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs in the Inland Empire (Aug 2017)
- Plugging Away: How to Boost Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (June 2017)
- The Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs on the San Joaquin Valley (Jan 2017)
- Wasting Opportunities: How to Secure Environmental & Clean Energy Benefits from Municipal Solid Waste Energy Recovery (May 2016)
- Powering the Savings: How California Can Tap the Energy Efficiency Potential in Existing Commercial Buildings (Mar 2016)
- Trading Sustainably: Critical Considerations for Local Groundwater Markets Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (June 2017)
- Citizen Enforcement and Sanitary Sewer Overflows in California (Apr 2016)
- Barriers to Innovation in Urban Wastewater Utilities: Attitudes of Managers in California (Envt’l Mgmt, Mar 2016) [sub. req’d]
- Designing Effective Groundwater Sustainability Agencies: Criteria for Evaluation of Local Governance Options (Mar 2016)