Laws & Regulations

"UN Chief Rebukes Fossil Fuel Industry Supporters As Climate Records Break"

"U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday that countries must confront not just the fossil-fuel industry, but also companies that support efforts to obstruct climate action. The U.N. chief, a longtime critic of oil and gas companies' role in driving climate change, called the industry out for spending billions on "distorting the truth, deceiving the public, and sowing doubt" about climate change, while investing just "a measly 2.5%" of its total capital on clean energy alternatives."

Source: Reuters, 06/06/2024

"Sanctioned Tankers Pose Rising Environmental Risk In Mediterranean"

"Unregulated tankers sidestepping Western sanctions are posing a bigger risk to the Mediterranean region and Greece is undertaking more protective measures to safeguard its coast, the country's shipping minister told Reuters on Tuesday."

Source: Reuters, 06/05/2024

"Congress Weighs Delaying Farm Bill Over SNAP and Climate Disputes"

"A battle that ties food aid for needy families with crop subsidies for American farmers may stall efforts to renew a sweeping agricultural policy law, forcing Congress to consider delaying action on the $1.5 trillion proposal until after this fall’s elections."

Source: Washington Post, 06/04/2024

Vermont Enacts 1st State Law Requiring Oil Companies Pay For Climate Damage

"Vermont has become the first state to enact a law requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a share of the damage caused by climate change after the state suffered catastrophic summer flooding and damage from other extreme weather."

Source: AP, 06/04/2024

"Trump Eyes Cutting Interior, ‘Environment Agencies’"

"Former President Donald Trump said he wants to cut the Interior Department if he returns to the White House, and indicated “environmental agencies” more broadly are also on the chopping block."

Source: E&E News, 06/04/2024

The EPA’s Power Plant Rule … We’ll See You in Court

A new federal rule to cut power plant pollution and carbon dioxide emissions promises to escalate a yearslong, highly partisan battle at the core of U.S. climate change policy. Our Issue Backgrounder lays out the shifting regulatory approaches from the administrations of George W. Bush to Joe Biden, and notes the legal tug-of-war that has heightened the importance of another big player — the Supreme Court.

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New Law to Give Florida Homebuyers More Transparency on Flood History

"For the first time, Florida home sellers will have to disclose certain aspects of a property’s flood history, under legislation Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law this week."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/03/2024


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