Energy Policy

January 29, 2018

White House Floats Ideas for Streamlining Infrastructure Permitting

Another leaked White House document that portends legislative changes to NEPA regarding procedures to review environmental impacts and permit infrastructure projects. White-House-Draft-Plan-to-Streamline-Federal Permitting.  As with many policy proposals in Washington, it’s not unusual for these types of documents to be leaked on purpose, to guage public reaction.   As once told, “leaking is a way of life […]
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 […]
June 30, 2017

Clean Coal Futures?

Is Southern Co.’s announced cessation of carbon capture efforts at its Kemper County, Mississippi power plant an indication of the U.S. future for carbon capture? Even with the current administration expressing support for carbon capture and clean coal technologies, such as Southern Co.’s Kemper County coal gasification plant, carbon capture implementation still faces many uncertainties, […]
May 25, 2017

Pew Poll – Public Divided Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy

A recent Pew poll assessing public attitudes on energy and the environment indicates that Americans are increasingly supportive of environmental protection while at the same time, expressing support for reasonably priced  energy.   Any company with a long term view should take particular note of the generational divide when it comes to environmental protection.  59% of 18-29 […]