The Supreme Court and EPA Authority

On June 30, the Supreme Court announced its decision in West Virginia v. EPA, a case that concerned the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate greenhouse gases emissions from existing power plants. Given the ideologically conservative make-up of the Court following the addition of three […]

U.S. Subnational Action on Climate

After the Trump administration pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords and rolled back environmental regulations, climate experts and advocates shifted their resources to the state and local levels in an effort to stay on track to meet emissions targets. A similar dynamic could play out now with no congressional action and the Supreme Court […]

Climate Advisers’ S.E.C. Comment on Climate Transparency – Recommendations to Protect Investors

The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposed rules for expanded climate transparency is a strong step forward in ensuring greater transparency of climate-related financial risks. The alignment between the proposed ruling and widely accepted frameworks like the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol would provide […]

U.S. Midterm Election Outlook

On November 8, 2022, 34 Senators and all 435 members of the House of Representatives will be up for re-election, as will several governors and many state legislators. Historically, the party out of power has gained seats in midterm elections, a trend that favors the Republicans this year. In addition, President Biden’s approval rating is […]

International Climate Diplomacy Update

U.S. Climate Expectations for G7 At COP26 last year, the United States re-established a leadership position on climate change by working with other countries to strengthen 2030 emissions targets so that they align more closely than before with the goal of keeping warming at or below 1.5 degrees. The Biden administration is looking to use the […]

Capitol Hill Update – June 2022

The probability of Congress passing significant climate legislation before the midterms has decreased considerably since late last year. At that time, a Democrat-only reconciliation bill that contained many of the proposals President Biden campaigned on already seemed unlikely, but some observers were cautiously optimistic that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could spur an otherwise gridlocked Congress […]

Why Supply Chain Emission Disclosure Is Necessary for Investors

Climate Advisers latest policy brief looks at the new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed climate emissions disclosure rules and how some corporations may not be required to disclose up to 90-83 percent of their estimated total emissions. The potential gap in disclosure is particularly acute for companies that rely on the  global forest, food, […]

Climate Clubs – Key Design and WTO Compliance Issues

There is growing interest in developing “climate clubs,” smaller groups of countries focused on coordinating climate policy, to accelerate climate action. Climate Advisers shares this brief analyzing the key factors to design effective clubs that comply with World Trade Organization rules. Proposals for climate clubs so far have varied significantly, making it difficult to evaluate […]

Benefits to the United States of Sustainable Protein Innovation

To prevent catastrophic climate change, the world needs to reach zero net emissions by midcentury. Achieving that goal will require rapid innovation and large-scale investments in every economic sector, including the massive global food and agriculture economy. Within that sector, the largest single factor determining climate success will be whether the world transitions to low […]