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. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Long-Term Implications of an Energy Shock Scenario Analysis

What would be the consequences for climate action should the current energy crisis worsen, and prices rise even higher or remain elevated for an extended amount of time? Now that tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have led the United States to stop buying Russian energy supplies, the situation could […]

Outlook on US Midterms & State Climate Action

Historically, voters have tended to blame the party in power for problems taking place in the country. As a result of this recurring trend, the President’s party has often lost ground in midterm elections, particularly in the President’s first term. For instance, this happened in 1994, when the Republican party secured unified control of Congress […]

Update on President Biden’s Regulatory Climate Agenda

The Trump administration devoted considerable effort to undoing environmental regulations such as restrictions on oil and gas and other development on protected lands, fuel efficiency standards and greenhouse gas emissions rules for motor vehicles, standards for taking climate impacts into account in cost-benefit analyses, regulations governing air pollutants and toxic substances, protections for threatened and endangered species, […]

Five Possible Scenarios for Congress’ Infrastructure and Climate Legislation

As July comes to a close, infrastructure talks on Capitol Hill continue to see disagreements over specific details to be included in legislation and how to pay for the more than $4 trillion of new spending. Even though Democrats are pushing hard for infrastructure bills to pass Congress in the coming weeks, the debate over […]

Trends in US and International Carbon Offset Markets

Climate Advisers shares what companies planning to buy offsets need to know about the social, political, legal and market dynamics driving global carbon offset markets. In the face of growing public and scientific pressure to raise global climate ambition, more andmore major corporations in the United States and elsewhere are adopting ambitious climate goals. This […]