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
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A Mighty Wind (09/21/2017)
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Renewables and Republicans in the Rustbelt (09/18/2017)
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Zinke’s Report Recommends Downsizing or Loosening Restrictions in 10 National Monuments (09/18/2017)
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In an important ruling this morning, the Tenth Cir ... [read more]
Climate Policy in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (09/14/2017)
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Climate Policy in the Bay State (09/12/2017)
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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, including California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, will focus 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.
California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) opens the door for local groundwater markets, but questions remain about when a local groundwater market might be a useful and appropriate management tool.
Our new report, Trading Sustainably: Critical Considerations for Local Groundwater Markets Under SGMA, outlines a set of considerations designed to help decision makers and stakeholders evaluate whether a local groundwater market might be a viable tool for sustainably managing their groundwater basins and, if so, how to effectively implement it.
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)