In the News

In an effort to help our research findings and environmental and energy expertise reach a broader audience, we encourage our faculty and staff to write op-eds and otherwise make themselves available to the press.

Center faculty and staff also write for Legal Planet, a joint blog with UCLA School of Law providing insights and analysis on energy and environmental law and policy.

 

Recent Quotes 


2019

Q&A: Berkeley law prof Dan Farber on challenges facing youth climate suit
(3/9/19) Dan Farber quoted by Reuters

California Home Prices Are Soaring. Here’s Why
(3/8/19) Moira O’Neill quoted by the Wall Street Journal

Five Things a Democratic President Could Do By Declaring a National Emergency Over Climate Change
(3/8/19) Dan Farber quoted by Mother Jones

Trump Wants California’s High-Speed Rail Money
(2/20/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by Streetsblog USA

What would a national emergency over climate change look like?
(2/16/19) Dan Farber quoted by Grist

California high-speed rail and the American infrastructure tragedy, explained
(2/15/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by Vox

Democrats Look To Declare National Emergency Over Climate Change, Not A ‘Fake Crisis’
(2/15/19) Dan Farber quoted by HuffPost

How viable is a plan to phase out three LA natural gas power plants?
(2/12/19) Ethan Elkind on 89.3KPCC

One Planet: What are the environmental impacts of biofuel production?
(2/11/19) Ethan Elkind on KALW

In-depth: A look at what BART could have been, what it still has potential to be
(2/11/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by ABC7 News

4 Key Issues In Kids’ Climate Suit At 9th Circ.
(2/4/19) Dan Farber quoted by Law360

One Planet: What will it take to keep fossil fuels in the ground?
(2/3/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by KALW

Trump slams California high-speed rail project, wants to reclaim project funding
(2/2/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by Fox News

PG&E cleared in probe of 2017 megablaze
(1/25/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by E&E News

Reducing wildfire risks would cost $150B – utility
(1/24/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by E&E News

Groups see threats to climate goals in PG&E Bankruptcy
(1/17/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by E&E News 

PG&E’s Bankruptcy Could Hurt California’s Aggressive Climate Goals
(1/15/19) Ethan Elkind quotes by Buzzfeed News

Desalination is Booming. But What About All That Toxic Brine?
(1/14/19) 
Michael Kiparsky quoted by Wired

Jerry Brown’s ‘Two Legacies’ on Housing
(1/4/19) 
Ethan Elkind quoted by KQED


2018

Democrats’ House takeover could mean big changes for California water policy
(12/19/18)
Holly Doremus quotes by the Los Angeles Times

Elon Musk debuts test tunnel in Hawthorne: ‘I really think this is incredibly profound’
(12/18/18)
Ethan Elkind quoted by Curbed Los Angeles

Wildland development escalates California fire costs
(12/18/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by KQED

Wildland development escalates California fire costs
(12/17/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by SF Gate

Wildland development escalates California fire costs
(12/17/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Peninsula Press

WATCH: Katie Hill, Transit Hub Housing Bill, Week in Tech
(12/14/18) 
Ethan Elkind interviewed on KQED TV

Consultants Aren’t Taking a Shine to California’s Rooftop Photo voltaic Rule
(12/14/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Infosurhoy

Experts Aren’t Taking a Shine to California’s Rooftop Solar Rule
(12/13/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Scientific American 

With California requiring solar panels on new homes, higher building costs and lower energy bills 
(12/10/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Marketplace

Newsom gets climate advice, Atkins offers ‘Trump insurance’
(12/5/18) 
CALmatters 

Amid Charges of waste and mismanagement, calls for head of state high speed rail to step down
(11/30/18)
 Ethan Elkind discusses on KPCC
Full audio available here

Talkies – November 20, 2018 
(11/20/18) Ted Lamm discusses A New Solar Landscape on KPFA

Cities On Edge As High Court Weighs Kids’ Climate Suit
(10/26/18) Dan Farber quoted by Law 360

Courts: Kid’s Climate Trial Might be Dead. Here’s What it Means
(10/24/18) Holly Doremus quoted by Climatewire

Global Warming is Occurring at a Faster Pace than Scientists Thought: UN Panel
(10/9/18) 
Ethan Elkind quoted by KTVU

Sequenced Climate Policies May Have Political Gain
(10/8/18) Eric Biber quoted by Colorado Boulevard.net

Mitigation Banks: How Benefits from Upcoming CEQA Change Could Be Captured, Shared, Amplified
(10/5/18) 
Ethan Elkind quoted by Streetsblog California

California Says ‘Nope’ to the EPA’s Car Emission Rules
(10/4/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Wired

So WOTUS is Legal. Now What?
(9/26/18) Holly Doremus quoted by Sierra

Insurance needs reform in California’s changing climate
(9/24/18) Ted Lamm quoted by San Francisco Chronicle

Phasing Out the Internal Combustion Engine No Easy Task
(9/18/18) Ethan Elkind and Ted Lamm quoted by Planetizen

City Visions: Course Correcting Climate Change, Part 2
(9/17/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by KALW

Investors can get California to 100 percent clean energy
(9/14/18) 

Gray wolf faces new challenge: National Academies of Sciences review
(9/14/18) Holly Doremus quoted by Cronkite News

Trump Says the East Coast Is ‘Absolutely Prepared’ for Hurricane Florence. Is That True?
(9/13/18) Daniel Farber quoted by Pacific Standard

Court upholds state bans on harmful mining on waters in federal lands
(9/12/18) Eric Biber quoted by San Francisco Chronicle

UC Berkeley economists show that environmental regulations play primary role in pollution decrease
(8/14/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Daily Californian

LA Streetcar Project Funding Approved by City Council
(8/14/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by KNX Radio LA

Cities demand Trump administration act on Tijuana River pollution that fouls San Diego County beaches
(8/13/18) Holly Doremus quoted by LA Times

One Planet: The impacts of Trump’s plan to roll back fuel efficiency standards
(8/12/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by KALW

If It’s Not CEQA, What Is It?
(8/8/18) Eric Biber quoted by Fox & Hounds

Proposed Car Efficiency Rollback Will Not Halt Electric Vehicles
(8/2/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Scientific American

Groundwater recharge project informs statewide sustainability efforts
(7/31/18) Mike Kiparsky quoted by Phys.org

Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’
(7/30/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Yale Environment 360

Changing the Endangered Species Act could actually help conservation
(7/25/18) Holly Doremus quoted by The Washington Post

Should housing developers be allowed to pay their way out of climate pollution?
(7/22/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by The San Diego Union-Tribune

Emails Raise Questions About Energy Negotiations
(7/18/18) Dan Farber quoted by Techwire

California GOP looks for inroads by taking down a gas tax
(7/16/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by The Christian Science Monitor

Is California’s legacy environmental law protecting the state’s beauty or blocking affordable housing?
(7/5/18) Eric Biber quoted by CALmatters

Progress on environment could slow on Supreme Court without Kennedy
(6/29/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by San Francisco Chronicle

Elon Musk’s loop vision for LA has to survive the neighbors
(6/21/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by New Haven Register

Elon Musk’s Tunnel Vision for Los Angeles
(6/21/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Bloomberg

LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA
(6/12/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Wired

Koreatown borders, Santa Monica’s dockless device regs, the new Hotel Figueroa
(6/12/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by 89.3KPCC

Dozens of Water Systems Consolidate in California’s Farming Heartland
(6/11/18) Nell Green Nylen quoted by News Deeply

7 Things to Know about California’s New Solar Panel Policy
(5/31/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Cal Alumni Association

Efforts to build housing around transit threaten to price out those most dependent on bus and rail
(5/27/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by The San Diego Union-Tribune

Metro directors pick two options for new rail line through Downtown LA
(5/25/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Curbed Los Angeles

Is ditching fossil fuels entirely a reasonable goal?
(5/24/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by The Christian Science Monitor

California Should Fight Inequality to Fight Climate Change
(5/21/18)
Ethan Elkind quoted by Earther Gizmodo

California To Require All New Homes To Have Solar Panels Starting In 2020
(5/17/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by National Public Radio

What Big California Housing Bills Remain After SB 827’s Defeat?
(5/16/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Streetsblog California

Where is San Diego’s gas tax money going?
(5/13/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by The San Diego Union-Tribune

California Now Requires Solar Panels on Most New Homes
(5/11/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Smithsonian

The Vermont Avenue busway plan
(5/10/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by UCLA Newsroom

California will require solar panels on all new homes. What that means to you
(5/9/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by 89.3KPCC

California becomes first U.S. state to require solar panels on new homes
(5/9/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Reuters

$650 million vote set on Delta tunnels project: Are taxpayers protected?
(5/8/18) Holly Doremus quoted by The Mercury News

Novel Effort to Aid Groundwater on California’s Central Coast Could Help Other Depleted Basins
(5/4/18) Mike Kiparsky quoted by Water Education Foundation

Professor Delivers a Telling State-by-State Report about Renewables in America
(5/3/18) Dan Farber quoted by Transcript Magazine

California leads 17 states suing EPA to protect car emission standards
(5/1/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by KTVU

To Manage California’s Groundwater, Think More About Surface Water
(5/1/18) Mike Kiparsky quoted by News Deeply

Supervisor candidates wade into groundwater policies
(4/30/18) Nell Green Nylen quoted by Daily Republic

The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change
(4/25/18) Holly Doremus quoted by Bloomberg

In the Fate of the Delta Smelt, Warnings of Conservation Gone Wrong
(4/23/18) Holly Doremus quoted by UnDark

Plan to build housing — and cut CO2 — fails in Legislature
(4/19/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by EE News

Why did California’s major housing bill fail so quickly?
(4/18/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Mercury News

Here are 5 climate leaders to watch
(4/18/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by EE News

A Green House Divided
(4/17/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Modern Luxury SF Magazine

Who caused the Bay Area’s housing shortage?
(4/8/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Mercury News

Report from CARB Symposium: Legislators Should Approve Twin 33-Foot Trailers
Ted Lamm and Ethan Elkind quoted by Americans for Modern Transportation

Berkeley councilman wants to create 6,000 new beds for students
(3/26/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by KTVU

Chevron Will Stick to IPCC Findings in Landmark Climate Change Trial
(3/21/18) Dan Farber quoted by Scientific American

Climate science gets its day in court in California
(3/21/18) Ted Lamm quoted by Think Progress

Big oil faces big test in climate-change court showdown with SF, Oakland
(3/19/18) Ted Lamm quoted by SF Gate

A Bold, Divisive Plan to Wean Californians from Cars
(3/16/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by The New York Times

Why Regulation Is a Tricky Business in the Sharing Economy
(3/16/18) Eric Biber quoted by Wharton @ UPenn

Saudi Prince May Have Trouble Finding U.S. Investors After Anti-Corruption Campaign
(3/16/18) Patrick Heller quoted by NPR

Could the Feds Bigfoot California Over Water?
(3/13/18) Holly Doremus quoted by Cal Alumni Association

Please Stop Building Houses Exactly Where Wildfires Start
(3/13/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Wired

The last time Congress created a new state
(3/12/18) Eric Biber quoted by The Constitution Center

California gears up for a battle over single-family zoning near transit
(3/3/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by The Mercury News

 

Op-Eds


2019

Ending the drought — in water data
(3/11/19) Mike Kiparsky and Katie Miller write in Capitol Weekly

What’s The Future of California High Speed Rail?
(3/7/19) Ethan Elkind writes in Colorado Boulevard.net

Trust in water markets must be earned
(1/28/19) Nell Green Nylen and Michael Kiparsky write in the Source Magazine

Public Cash Alone Won’t Solve Housing and Homelessness
(1/23/19) Ethan Elkind writes in Colorado Boulevard.net


2018

Is Elon Musk Revolutionizing Tunneling Technology? 
(12/19/18) Ethan Elkind writes in Colorado Boulevard.net

Sobering California Analysis
(12/13/18) Ethan Elkind writes in Colorado Boulevard.net

Good News on the Electric Vehicle Front
(10/29/18) Ethan Elkind writes in Colorado Boulevard.net

Saving Troubled Water Systems Requires Flexible Solutions, Not Mandates 
(9/10/18) Nell Green Nylen & Michael Kiparsky write in Water Deeply

Data show how polluters cry wolf over environmental regulations
(8/28/18) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Daily Californian

Why California Needs a Plan to Protect Its Wetlands
(7/6/18) Holly Doremus writes in Water Deeply

California’s road to sustainable freight
(5/9/18) 
Ted Lamm writes in Capitol Weekly

Opinion: State law recognizes rivers and groundwater are connected – now what?
(5/9/18) Mike Kiparsky, Dave Own, & Alida Cantor write in The Mercury News

Are cancer warnings for coffee junk science? Or is industry serving a cup of spin
(4/23/18) 
Claudia Polsky writes in The Sacramento Bee

Local zoning is getting in the way of housing
(2/21/18) 
Ethan Elkind & Mott Smith write in The Sacramento Bee

Trump, EPA, and the Anti-Regulatory State
(1/24/18) 
Dan Farber writes in The Regulatory Review


2017

Are markets an easy solution for California’s groundwater problems?
(8/1/17) 
Nell Green Nylen & Michael Kiparsky write in The Bakersfield Californian

Cap-and-trade system an economic net positive for Inland Empire
(7/12/17) 
Ethan Elkind, Betony Jones & F. Noel Perry write in the Daily Bulletin

Tangling life-saving regulations in red tape
(7/5/17) 
Dan Farber writes in Politico Magazine

Will Comey’s Testimony Matter?
(6/8/17) 
Dan Farber, et al. write in Politico Magazine

How to fix L.A.’s failed parking policies
(5/30/17) 
Ethan Elkind & Mott Smith write in the Los Angeles Times 

National Monuments: Presidents can create them, but only Congress can undo them (4/27/18) Nicholas Bryner, Eric Biber, Mark Squillace & Sean Hecht write in The Conversation

‘Infill development’ can help solve California’s housing crisis
(3/28/17) 
Ethan Elkind, Carol Galante & F. Noel Perry write in Capitol Weekly

Metro is spending billions of your tax dollars to build L.A. a world class transit system. Don’t let them blow it
(3/17/18) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times

Neil Gorsuch might stand up against abuse of power
(2/21/17) 
Dan Farber writes in The Daily Californian

Courts should kill Trump’s pricey ‘2-for-1’ deregulation order
(2/9/17) Dan Farber writes in The Hill

Advanced data would improve how California manages water
(2/8/17) 
Michael Kiparsky & Roger Bales write in The Sacramento Bee

What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?
(2/1/17) 
Dan Farber, et al write in Politco Magazine

California may have to fund climate modeling and renewable energy research
(1/24/17) 
Ann Carlson & Dan Farber write in The Sacramento Bee

State climate policies are boosting San Joaquin Valley’s economy
(1/20/17) 
F. Noel Perry, Betony Jones & Ethan Elkind write in The Sacramento Bee


2016

About that octopus in the parking garage
(12/4/16) 
Dan Farber & Robert Verchick write in the Miami Herald

Climate change fight has new obstacle
(11/15/16) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Daily Journal

Provincial feuding over Measure M will make traffic and mobility worse for everyone
(10/25/16) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times

Climate plan review looms
(7/11/16) 
Dan Farber writes in the Daily Journal

Location, location: Solar PV and the San Joaquin Valley
(5/16/16) 
Ethan Elkind & Jim Strittholt write in Capitol Weekly

California needs strong, fair and effective groundwater agencies
(5/16/16) 
Michael Kiparsky & Holly Doremus write in the Fresno Bee

Efficient Buildings are Key to State’s Clean-Energy Push
(4/5/16) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Sacramento Bee

LTE: There’s a lot about water in California that we don’t know. We need more data.
(3/23/16) 
Michael Kiparsky & Joshua Viers write in the Los Angeles Times

How Politics Built L.A.’s Gold Line at the Expense of a Smarter System
(3/14/16) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times

How to Boost L.A.’s Sinking Transit Ridership
(2/1/16)
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times

Inaction on climate change is as reckless as drunken driving
(1/5/16) 
Dan Farber writes in the Washington Post


2015

State Should Set Goals on Use of Low-Carbon Biofuel
(12/5/15) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Sacramento Bee

Driving Development of Transit-Oriented Districts
(10/8/15) 
F. Noel Perry & Ethan Elkind write in the San Diego Union-Tribune

State Must Spend Smarter on Roads and ‘Fix It First’
(2/19/15) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Sacramento Bee


2014

Viewpoints: Even without Tesla, electric car batteries can boost state
(9/17/14) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Sacramento Bee

California’s slow ride to new transit
(8/6/14) Ethan Elkind writes in the San Francisco Chronicle

Oil and rail – a dangerous mix
(5/20/14) 
Jayni Foley Hein writes in the Los Angeles Times

Rail alone can’t reinvent L.A.
(1/27/14) 
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times


2013

Making sure renewable energy produces clean energy
(11/24/2013) 
Ethan Elkind writes in The Sacramento Bee

‘Green’ paving helps the bay, human health
(11/12/13) 
Michael Kiparsky and Max Gomberg write in the San Francisco Chronicle

Fracking in State Needs Close Oversight
(5/12/13) 
Jayni Foley Hein and Michael Kiparsky write in the San Francisco Chronicle


2011

The Law’s Great Strength, Room for Debate on Saving Species as the Climate Changes
(4/20/11) 
Holly Doremus writes in the New York Times


2010

Fannie and Freddie Delinquent on Climate Change and Clean Energy
(6/17/10) 
Ethan Elkind writes in San Jose Mercury News

Gulf Oil Spill: Obama’s Regulatory Response Falls Short
(5/20/10) 
Eric Biber & Holly Doremus write in the Los Angeles Times

The Claims of Two Gulfs
(7/14/10) 
David C. Caron writes in the Huffington Post

Backyard Renewables 
(1/15/10) 
Ethan Elkind & Steve Weissman write in the California Energy Circuit, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 3-4


2009

The Clean Energy Potential in our Backyard 
(12/9/09) Ethan Elkind & Nancy Skinner write in theSan Francisco Chronicle

Walk this Way – Urge ‘Sustainable Development
(8/31/09) Ethan Elkind & Jared Huffman write in the San Francisco Chronicle

Don’t hamstring the Endangered Species Act
(4/15/09) Eric Biber writes in the San Francisco Chronicle 

Let’s Ensure Energy Efficiency is Also Socially Equitable
(1/9/09) Michelle Wilde Anderson & Steven Weissman write in San Jose Mercury News

Fixing Science in the Environmental Agencies, In Blue Sky: New Ideas for the Obama Administration
(2009) 
Holly Doremus 


2008

Free-Willy-Nilly: What Does the Supreme Court Ruling on Navy Sonar Mean for the Whales?
(11/14/08) 
Holly Doremus writes in slate.com

Polar Bears in Limbo
(5/20/08) Holly Doremus writes in slate.com

Polar Bear Politics 
(1/17/08) Holly Doremus writes in slate.com