Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Author at State of the Planet

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Climate Change and COVID-19: the Denial Playbook is the Same

The Trump administration has responded to COVID-19 using tactics it honed in the climate arena: ignoring or burying scientific information, pushing misinformation, and silencing scientists who warn us of the dangers.

by Augusta Wilson |July 30, 2020

The Climate Consequences of Rolling Back Energy Efficiency

If allowed to stand, the rollbacks will result in enormous and needless increases in greenhouse gas emissions — and higher electric bills.

by Hillary Aidun and Malia Libby |April 23, 2020

New Website Will Help Steer the U.S. Away From Fossil Fuels

The ‘Model Laws for Deep Decarbonization’ website provides legal examples that can be customized in order to achieve deep reductions in fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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COVID-19 Policy Could Lead to a Spike in Methane Emissions

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic it will “exercise discretion” in enforcing natural gas pipeline safety regulations.

by Romany Webb |April 10, 2020
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COVID-19 Provides Lessons on Climate Adaptation for Cities

Some policies can simultaneously address public health threats, reduce emissions and provide for a city’s recovery.

by Amy Turner |April 8, 2020
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Public Participation in the Coronavirus Age

How governments can ensure transparency and public access to information while social distancing continues.

by Hillary Aidun and Daniel Metzger |April 6, 2020
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Trump’s ‘Industry First, Science Last’ Agenda Is Costing Lives

The president’s ongoing war on science has significantly weakened researchers’ ability to respond to COVID-19 and other looming public health and environmental crises.

by Romany Webb and Lauren Kurtz |April 2, 2020
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EPA’s COVID-19 Policy Will Further Restrict Public Access to Climate Data

While hiding inconvenient facts may not be the intention behind EPA’s COVID-19 policy, it could very well be its effect.

by Romany Webb |April 2, 2020
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Tribes Claim U.S. Government Violates Human Rights by Failing to Address Climate-Forced Displacement

Five U.S. tribes claim that climate change compromises their human rights, including rights to life, health, housing, water, sanitation, and a healthy environment.

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12 Legal Tools to Push Climate Preparedness

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe. Here are 12 ways the law can help society cope with these impacts.

by |December 16, 2019