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


Demise of key environment bill could escalate California’s water wars
(9/18/19) Holly Doremus quoted in CalMatters

No One Can Agree on How to Price California Home Insurance for Wildfires
(9/16/19) Dave Jones quoted in The Wall Street Journal

California redefines gig economy. Will rest of country follow?
(9/11/19) Ethan Elkind quoted in The Christian Science Monitor

Trump administration threatens California over gas-mileage deal with carmakers
(9/6/19) Ethan Elkind quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle

Legislative act could create catalyst in reduction of statewide plastic waste
(9/2/19) Ethan Elkind quoted in the Daily Bruin

Truce over San Diego’s vision for high-speed rail on the rocks, fears reemerge over nixing highway expansions
(8/24/19) Ethan Elkind quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Bernie Sanders’ $16 Trillion Climate Plan Is Nothing Short of a Revolution
(8/22/19) Ethan Elkind quoted in Gizmodo

The Trump administration can’t gut the Endangered Species Act
(8/20/19) Holly Doremus quoted in Mashable

Critics Say Trump Administration Is Weakening Endangered Species Act
(8/17/19) Holly Doremus quoted in NPR

Homeowners Are Increasingly Relying on Last-Resort Fire Insurance Plan
(8/14/19) Dave Jones quoted in the Voice of San Diego 

SMART could go broke by 2024, analyst tells board
(8/10/19) Ethan Elkind quoted in the Marin Independent Journal

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change
(8/8/19) Michael Kiparsky quoted in Wired

California Struggles to Sprawl in an Environmentally Responsible Way
(8/6/19) Ethan Elkind quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek

To Counteract Trump on Climate, States Set Clean Energy Targets
(8/2/19) Ethan Elkind quoted in PEW

Local Groups Ready Rail Plans as California Considers Shift in Bullet Train Funds
Ethan Elkind quoted on KPCC

Cost-Benefit Analysis According to the Trump Administration
 Dan Farber quoted in The Regulatory Review

Communities still gaming out what the future of groundwater will be
(7/10/19) Nell Green Nylen quoted in The Sun-Gazette

Eastern Tule GSA and a Surprise Event July 2, 2019
(7/3/19) Nell Green Nylen quoted in Water Wrights

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run Out of Water
(6/27/19) Mike Kiparsky quoted in Wired

How the fight against climate change is exacerbating San Diego’s affordable housing crisis
Ethan Elkind quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune

Talkies – High Speed Rail
(6/20/19) Ethan Elkind quoted on KPFA Radio

As Water Scarcity Increases, Desalination Plants Are on the Rise
(6/11/19) Mike Kiparsky quoted in YaleEnvironment360

California wants to accelerate EV infrastructure
(6/6/19) CLEE mentioned in Argus Media

Climate Warriors
(Spring, 2019) CLEE Featured in Transcript Magazine

As EV Sales Soar, Transportation Emissions Continue to Increase
(5/20/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by Planetizen

Landmark California Housing Bill Clears Key Hurdles, Heads to Appropriations Committee
(5/14/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by KQED News

Can SANDAG solve traffic woes with 100 MPH commuter rail, rush-hour pricing?
(5/12/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by the San Diego Union-Tribune

The US is terrible at building high-speed rail — here’s why
Ethan Elkind quoted by CNBC

Jakarta is Sinking. Now Indonesia Has to Find a New Capital.
(5/2/19) Michael Kiparsky quoted by Wired

Under ambitious new goals, Los Angeles will be ‘zero waste’ by 2050
(4/29/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by AirTalk

New report looks at local impact of Scott Wiener’s bill to increase housing density near transit
Ethan Elkind quoted by AirTalk

California Could Require Zero-Emission Shuttles At Its Largest Airports
Ethan Elkind quoted by Capital Public Radio

Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects
(4/13/19) Holly Doremus quoted by San Francisco Chronicle

Trump’s OIRA: more bark than bite
(4/11/19) Dan Farber quoted by E&E News

Legal battle over California emission standards
(4/6/19) Dan Farber quoted by Fox KTVU

An overeager legal strategy may endanger Trump’s energy goals
(4/4/19) Holly Doremus quoted by Roll Call

How California is defying Trump’s environmental rollbacks
(3/26/19) Holly Doremus quoted by the Los Angeles Times

Improving water governance through informed decision-making
(3/25/19) Nell Green Nylen quoted by The Confluence

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?
(2/15/19) 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?
Michael Kiparsky quoted by Wired

Jerry Brown’s ‘Two Legacies’ on Housing
Ethan Elkind quoted by KQED


Democrats’ House takeover could mean big changes for California water policy
Holly Doremus quotes by the Los Angeles Times

Elon Musk debuts test tunnel in Hawthorne: ‘I really think this is incredibly profound’
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
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’

Amid Charges of waste and mismanagement, calls for head of state high speed rail to step down
 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
Ethan Elkind quoted by KTVU

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

Mitigation Banks: How Benefits from Upcoming CEQA Change Could Be Captured, Shared, Amplified
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

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

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
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

Did a conspiracy really destroy LA’s huge streetcar system?
(1/26/18) Ethan Elkind quoted by Curbed Los Angeles



Major US insurer stops investing in or insuring coal
(8/9/19) Dave Jones writes in Environmental Finance

The dangers of oil companies that are ‘too big to fail’
(7/23/19) Patrick Heller writes in the Financial Times

Endangered Deference
(7/16/19) Holly Doremus writes in The Regulatory Review

Oil’s Power Players
(6/5/19) Patrick Heller writes in Foreign Policy

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

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


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
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
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
Claudia Polsky writes in The Sacramento Bee

Local zoning is getting in the way of housing
Ethan Elkind & Mott Smith write in The Sacramento Bee

Trump, EPA, and the Anti-Regulatory State
Dan Farber writes in The Regulatory Review


Are markets an easy solution for California’s groundwater problems?
Nell Green Nylen & Michael Kiparsky write in The Bakersfield Californian

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

Tangling life-saving regulations in red tape
Dan Farber writes in Politico Magazine

Will Comey’s Testimony Matter?
Dan Farber, et al. write in Politico Magazine

How to fix L.A.’s failed parking policies
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
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
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times

Neil Gorsuch might stand up against abuse of power
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
Michael Kiparsky & Roger Bales write in The Sacramento Bee

What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?
Dan Farber, et al write in Politco Magazine

California may have to fund climate modeling and renewable energy research
Ann Carlson & Dan Farber write in The Sacramento Bee

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


About that octopus in the parking garage
Dan Farber & Robert Verchick write in the Miami Herald

Climate change fight has new obstacle
Ethan Elkind writes in the Daily Journal

Provincial feuding over Measure M will make traffic and mobility worse for everyone
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times

Climate plan review looms
Dan Farber writes in the Daily Journal

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

California needs strong, fair and effective groundwater agencies
Michael Kiparsky & Holly Doremus write in the Fresno Bee

Efficient Buildings are Key to State’s Clean-Energy Push
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.
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
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times

How to Boost L.A.’s Sinking Transit Ridership
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times

Inaction on climate change is as reckless as drunken driving
Dan Farber writes in the Washington Post


State Should Set Goals on Use of Low-Carbon Biofuel
Ethan Elkind writes in the Sacramento Bee

Driving Development of Transit-Oriented Districts
F. Noel Perry & Ethan Elkind write in the San Diego Union-Tribune

State Must Spend Smarter on Roads and ‘Fix It First’
Ethan Elkind writes in the Sacramento Bee


Viewpoints: Even without Tesla, electric car batteries can boost state
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
Jayni Foley Hein writes in the Los Angeles Times

Rail alone can’t reinvent L.A.
Ethan Elkind writes in the Los Angeles Times


Making sure renewable energy produces clean energy
Ethan Elkind writes in The Sacramento Bee

‘Green’ paving helps the bay, human health
Michael Kiparsky and Max Gomberg write in the San Francisco Chronicle

Fracking in State Needs Close Oversight
Jayni Foley Hein and Michael Kiparsky write in the San Francisco Chronicle


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


Fannie and Freddie Delinquent on Climate Change and Clean Energy
Ethan Elkind writes in San Jose Mercury News

Gulf Oil Spill: Obama’s Regulatory Response Falls Short
Eric Biber & Holly Doremus write in the Los Angeles Times

The Claims of Two Gulfs
David C. Caron writes in the Huffington Post

Backyard Renewables
Ethan Elkind & Steve Weissman write in the California Energy Circuit, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 3-4


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
Holly Doremus


Free-Willy-Nilly: What Does the Supreme Court Ruling on Navy Sonar Mean for the Whales?
Holly Doremus writes in

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

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