Can banks and other project financiers live up to their promises on climate and human rights? Are Equator Principles delivering – or at risk of losing their relevance? Shareholder Jillian
Continue Reading Jillian Kirn Quoted in The Law Society Article on Equator Principles for Financial Firms

Some in Congress are advocating a proposal to establish a carbon tax on certain imports to fight climate change and protect domestic production. A more specific carbon border tax plan
Continue Reading Proposed Federal Tax on Import of Carbon-Intensive Products

Greenberg Traurig’s Bill Garner, Energy & Natural Resources Practice Co-Chair, and Environmental Practice Shareholders Erick Hernández and Bernadette Rappold are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2021, to
Continue Reading WEBINAR: Post-Election Impact on U.S. and Mexico Energy and Environmental Matters

The incoming Biden Administration intends to take many major environmental policy actions aimed at climate change, enforcement, environmental justice, and several other issues, many of which entail reversing actions taken
Continue Reading TRANSITION THOUGHTS: The Presidential Transition, NEPA, and Project Review

On Oct. 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (Ministerie van Economische
Continue Reading U.S. and Dutch Governments Announce Hydrogen Collaboration

On Sept. 25, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asked the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to initiate the process to establish a Clean Cars Minnesota Rule, which would set both a low-emission vehicle (LEV) standard and a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard. Next month, the MPCA will begin its rulemaking process, with a goal of adopting a final rule by December 2020. If implemented, Minnesota would join 14 states with an LEV standard, 11 of which also have a ZEV standard.

The Minnesota plan is modeled after California LEV and ZEV standards. California has a nearly 50-year-old waiver under the Clean Air Act permitting the state to set stricter emission standards. After indications that the federal government would publish a rule revoking the waiver, California, joined by 22 other states, including Minnesota, and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce states’ rights to set emission standards more stringent than those imposed by the federal government. The lawsuit presents novel questions under the Clean Air Act including whether a waiver can be revoked, and if so, under what circumstances. Any final rule in Minnesota will be contingent on states retaining the right to adopt more restrictive measures, including through the operative waiver under Sections 209(b) and 177 of the Clean Air Act.   
Continue Reading In Minnesota, More Little Red Corvettes May Soon be Electric