Updates

By: Clark Mindock

In Pinecrest, Florida, it doesn’t even have to rain these days for the streets to flood. Rising sea levels caused by global climate change means that water from storm drains or the nearby ocean regularly covers the city. The wet stuff puts a strain on Pinecrest’s septic tanks, putting the city at continual risk of public health crises and infrastructure More

Today in Washington, DC a group of Americans from across the country, led by Pinecrest, Florida Mayor Cindy Lerner, gathered to share their stories of climate change impacts on their communities and to rally for the Clean Power Plan on the eve before an industry lawsuit to block it is heard in federal court.  See More

By: Timothy Cama

A group of Democratic state attorneys general is warning President-elect Donald Trump against repealing the Clean Power Plan, saying it would lead to more lawsuits. The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) and representing 14 states and five localities, wrote Thursday that it is in Trump’s best interest to preserve Obama’s More

By: Sarah Willey

One of the most significant threats to our health and our livelihood is climate change.  I was so disappointed when I read that 24 state officials, including my own attorney general Chris Koster in Missouri, wrote a letter requesting the repeal of the Clean Power Plan when President-elect Trump takes office in January. That’s not to More

By: David Doniger, Director, Climate & Clean Air Program

The state attorneys-general suing to block the Clean Power Plan sent their Christmas shopping list last week to the incoming Trump administration and Republican congressional leaders. These AGs are working hand in glove with the country’s biggest polluters to roll back vital safeguards for clean air, clean water, and a safe climate—safeguards that the American More

By: Denni Cawley

Despite ongoing denial of climate change and the risks of air pollution by certain politicians, environmental regulation has been essential for states and cities to protect public health. But expanding fossil fuel extraction and weakening environmental regulations — the core of President-elect Donald Trump’s approach to environmental policy — would be disastrous for the communities More

By: Andrew Gillum

If President-elect Donald Trump wants to know if climate change is real, he need look no further than communities across the great state of Florida. Millions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars in Fort Lauderdale are spent to fix repeatedly flooded roads and drains, even from as far as six miles away from the coast. Hallandale Beach More

By: William W. Buzbee

Donald J. Trump has named Scott Pruitt, a leading opponent of President Obama’s signature environmental initiatives, as his nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, is closely linked to fossil fuel industries and is a climate change skeptic. He was most likely chosen to reverse these environmental initiatives, a deeply More

By: Ambassador William J. Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Deputy Secretary of State

With the EU’s ratification, the Paris Climate Agreement is set to enter into force.  This is a historic turning point in the fight against one of the most consequential global threats of our time.  Here at home, we face another turning point with the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s hearing of More

By: Howard Fox, Counsel, Earthjustice

Fossil fuel companies would have us believe that the Clean Power Plan—which sets standards for power plants to cut carbon pollution—represents a major expansion of regulatory power that oversteps EPA’s authority. They’ve challenged the historic plan—just a year old—in the federal court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Defending the plan is an More

 

Joanne Spalding, Chief Climate Counsel and Alejandra Núñez, Staff Attorney, Sierra Club

Suppose there were a product that everyone used all day every day. And suppose there were two ways of making that product — one that emits a massive plume of dangerous pollution that disperses throughout the nation and indeed the globe, causing great damage, and one that doesn’t. Now suppose Congress passed a law for More

By: The New York Times Editorial Board

In eight years, President Obama has established a strong record in fighting climate change, including ambitious fuel efficiency standards aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks. But one very important part of his strategy remains in legal limbo — the Clean Power Plan, a rule created by the Environmental Protection Agency that More