Topic Archives: Energy + Environment

March 30, 2017Energy + Environment

New Executive Order Scraps Obama Era Environmental Policy

President Trump issued an executive order titled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” on March 28, 2017, which outlines the following initiatives: Review:  The order requires agencies to (1) review existing regulations, orders, guidance, and policies that “potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources,” and (2) submit within 45 days a ...›

January 30, 2017Energy + Environment

Golden State Forges Ahead With Sweeping Climate Change Regulatory Regime

With federal climate change regulations facing an uncertain future, the California Air Resources Board recently released a far-reaching new plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update (Scoping Plan) proposes a 10-year extension of the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program, in addition ...›

January 11, 2017Energy + Environment

Midnight Rules May Face Rude Awakening Under the Congressional Review Act in the 115th Congress

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make rolling back certain aspects of the Obama Administration’s domestic policy, including environmental and other rules and regulations issued by federal agencies, a first order of business after taking office in January 2017.  This blog post will explore some ways President-elect Trump and Congress may seek to make good ...›

November 10, 2016Energy + Environment

A Green Light for Green Energy?

While President-elect Donald J. Trump has advocated for an increase in fossil fuels and vowed to nix major climate change regulations, many experts in the sector – including leaders in Morrison & Foerster’s Energy Group – believe Trump will not derail U.S. green energy growth. Growth will most likely take place on the state, not ...›