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In reading the recent news reports on the September 27th, 2016 approval by the federal government of the Pacific Northwest Liquid Natural Gas plant and terminal near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, it would appear that no stakeholders were happy with the decision.  In fact, many claim surprise if not outright shock over the terms set under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Permit and much mention is made of the “190 conditions”. But a careful review…

The tax credit for carbon capture and sequestration has been in the news this month. Congress is considering whether to extend and expand the credit, and environmental groups like Green Scissors are voicing opposition. This post explains the carbon capture tax credit, found in Section 45Q of the Internal Revenue Code, and it explores whether the credit has a future. What is the Section 45Q tax credit and who can benefit? The carbon capture tax…

As the world continues to grapple with the transition to a low carbon economy, there are seemingly weekly events that have significant policy and legal developments both advancing the low carbon future and challenging that advancement.  Here are last week’s highlights.  CEQ issued new, non-binding guidance to federal agencies on how climate change impacts should be considered for projects subject to NEPA review.   The guidance instructs agencies to consider the direct and indirect greenhouse gas…

On July 25, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule (in prepublication form) finding that greenhouse gases from aircraft contribute to air pollution that endangers public health and welfare. EPA’s final action does not regulate greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft itself, but an endangerment finding is the prerequisite for regulating in the future and triggers EPA’s duty to regulate such emissions.  According to EPA, U.S. aircraft account for 12 percent of…

In Bonn, Germany, the international community began its work to implement the historic climate change treaty—known as the Paris Agreement, which was agreed upon in December 2015. While setting forth significant high level commitments, the Paris Agreement is light on details and delegates the extensive work needed to develop the actual implementation of the Paris Agreement to UNFCCC-convened working groups. In Bonn, the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1)…