By: Nicolas Bianco, co-authored by:Tomás Carbonell, EDF Director of Regulatory Policy and Senior Attorney, and Diane Munns, EDF Senior Director of External Affairs, co-authored this post

In one week – on Tuesday, September 27th – the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument in legal challenges brought by the coal industry and its allies against the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan establishes the nation’s first ever climate pollution standards for the power sector, which More

By: Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, Science Center

Next week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in the polluter-backed case challenging the most significant step our country has taken to address climate change: the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan will help clean up power plants, the largest U.S. source of the carbon pollution fueling More

By: Alison Cassady, Director of Domestic Energy Policy, Center for American Progress and Myriam Alexander-Kearns, Research Associate, Center for American Progress.


The Clean Power Plan will expedite the deployment of renewables and cut carbon emissions and other pollutants that harm human health. On September 27, 2016, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments for West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, a lawsuit to block implementation of the Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever limits More

By: Professor Jonathan Zasloff, UCLA Law

Back around the turn of the 20th century, New York’s Republican machine was run by Senator Thomas Platt, whose ability to bridge factional gaps gave him the title of “The Easy Boss.” Even though President Obama has attempted the same thing, he will have no such luck. Witness, for example, the states — virtually all More

By: Richard Revesz, dean emeritus and Lawrence King Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and director of the Institute for Policy Integrity, and Denise Grab and Jack Lienke, senior attorneys at the Institute for Policy Integrity.

In a critical federal court hearing this month, challengers of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s signature climate change policy, will characterize the Plan as an “enormous and transformative expansion” of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory power. Their legal briefs argue that, in its pursuit of reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from the More

By Nichola Groom and Valerie Volcovici

The 27 states challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway. Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP’s early targets. And changes in the power market, along with policies More

By: Heather Zichal, former deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change and one of the architects of President Obama’s national Climate Action Plan.

The disconnect between the reality of climate change and Donald Trump’s phony dismissal of the issue couldn’t be more frustrating to a country in need of solutions, not slogans. Hillary Clinton has promised to protect critical ongoing policies from the current administration. But unless there are new majorities in Congress, if elected she will face More

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

In less than two weeks, nine judges on the Court of Appeals in Washington will hear arguments over the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of this country’s action on climate change.  At stake are limits on the nation’s biggest single source of dangerous carbon pollution—some 1500 coal and gas fired power plants that together emit More

By: Kevin Steinberger and Starla Yeh, Climate & Clean Air Program

As the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to hear challengers’ arguments against the Clean Power Plan on September 27th, the most up-to-date analysis shows that the Clean Power Plan’s goals have become even more readily achievable as the electricity sector is already shifting to clean energy. Many power companies are not waiting for the More

By: Martha Roberts, Attorney, U.S. Climate Legal and Regulatory Program, EDF



(EDF Fellow Charlie Jiang co-authored this post) Oral argument in litigation about the Clean Power Plan is rapidly approaching. In two weeks – on Tuesday, September 27th — the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear argument en banc about the historic measure to limit climate pollution from American power plants. (Argument More