Climate Change

April 20, 2018

Extreme weather event attribution science and climate change litigation . . .

Extreme weather event attribution science and climate change litigation: an essential step in the causal chain? Sophie Marjanac & Lindene Patton Received 15 Dec 2017, Accepted 28 Feb 2018, Published online: 19 Apr 2018 In this article 1. Introduction 2. A rapidly evolving scientific field 3. Application to climate change litigation 4. Implications for legal duties of […]
March 27, 2018

Ethanol markets for biofuel credits rife with fraud and hucksters . . .

Loosely regulated market for biofuel credits spurs speculators and swindlers By EVAN HALPER  MAR 26, 2018 | 3:00 AM | WASHINGTON Andre Bernard made a killing selling a mirage. As oil refineries struggled to comply with federal mandates for blending renewable fuels into the nation’s gasoline and diesel supply, Bernard offered a solution: millions of dollars’ worth of biofuel credits […]
February 19, 2018

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Carbon Dioxide

by Mary Ellen Ternes Reprinted from ABA with permission NR&E Winter 2018 There is a train wreck happening in U.S. climate policy that will not be resolved soon. But perhaps carbon capture and utilization can assist while we figure this out. As a former chemical engineer from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Superfund and […]
November 21, 2017

Act of God, Foreseeable Risk, or Hedging Opportunity?

Original Published in CFO November 21, 2017 | CFO.com | US Whether you’re in a domestic enterprise or a multinational conglomerate, climate change will impact what you do. In fact, it’s already happening. Climate change influences a majority of the most fundamental activities performed by CFOs. Why? Because climate change can damage assets, impact the availability of natural […]
September 6, 2017

Improvements in Attribution Science may Inform Retrospective Analysis of Harvey

Oxford scientists are proceeding with a retrospective analysis of human influence on the severity of the extreme weather event in Texas and Louisiana. The last annual report issued as the Bulletin of Atmospheric and Meteorologic Society indicated that attribution science had improved – being able to attribute portions of, or intensity increases to, heat waves, wildfire and […]
August 28, 2017

Link Between Stronger Science and Climate Litigation Risks – New Report

Nature Geoscience‘s publishes ‘Acts of God, human influence and litigation‘ – a report, co-authored by Earth & Water Law Partner Lindene Patton, which looks at how developments in attribution science impact legal foreseeability of extreme weather events and the duties of built environment professionals, business and government in the face of a changing climate. Read More: New […]
September 19, 2016

Murky Biofuel Market Vulnerable to Fraud, Former EPA Cop Warns

  September 19, 2016 12:37PM ET | Bloomberg Government (Bloomberg) — A program to boost the use of biofuels in the U.S. has become vulnerable to scams that have bilked victims out of nearly $1 billion so far, warns a former Environmental Protection Agency official in a white paper funded by an opponent of the […]
September 19, 2016

E&W's Parker Reports on Fraud in EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Program

In a newly released report, E&W Strategies’ president, Doug Parker, offers a glimpse into the widespread fraud in U.S. EPA’s RFS program and the continued vulnerabilities to the environment and American taxpayers. According to Parker, In the nearly ten years since the establishment of the RFS, the program has fallen short of its legislative goals […]
September 19, 2016

E&W Strategies' Parker Highlights Rampant Fraud in EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Program

From Icahn’s lips to Trump’s economic policy plan (at least the first version) Washington Post By Steven Mufson September 16 When billionaire investor Carl Icahn speaks, Donald J. Trump apparently listens. The Trump economic blueprint initially issued Thursday took aim at an obscure program designed to promote the blending of ethanol with gasoline. The program sets minimum […]
September 8, 2016

Emergence of Aggressive Climate Litigation Changing the Landscape for Voluntary Disclosure Programs

Reprinted with permission from Bloomberg BNA, Insight Climate Science, Litigation Author:  Lindene Patton Scientists have demonstrated an improving ability over the past few years to analyze extreme weather events and determine how much the frequency or severity of an event has been affected by climate change. At the same time, individual companies, including Exxon Mobil, have been […]