What This Year's Rulings And Court Fights Mean For 2021

"President Trump's four years in office brought a steady stream of courtroom brawls over environmental issues before an increasingly conservative judiciary. 2020 was no exception.

The last 12 months have been marked by a fresh crop of Supreme Court rulings on environmental questions, major courtroom victories for Black communities fighting energy projects and a notable loss for a group of kids who want the government to help protect the next generation from the harms associated with a rapidly warming planet.

This was also the year that Trump shattered records for judicial appointments in a single term, including the confirmation of a sixth conservative Supreme Court justice, boosting the odds that aggressive climate action by President-elect Joe Biden — or any other future president — will land before a skeptical judiciary.

"My advice to the Biden administration is to put the bobbleheads of the Trump appointees on their desk and ask them, 'Do you agree with this interpretation of the law? Can I get your vote for this?'" said Pat Parenteau, a professor and senior counsel in Vermont Law School's Environmental Advocacy Clinic."

Pamela King reports for E&E News December 30, 2020.


"These Are The Top Climate Stories of 2020" (Washington Post)

"Will 2021 Be The Year Of Living Sustainably For Europe?" (Thomson Reuters)

"Resolutions for the Planet" (New York Times)

"Our Top 5 Good News Stories Of 2020" (Daily Climate)

"New Year's Resolution? Slim Your Carbon Footprint By A Tonne In 2021" (Thomson Reuters)

"Looking Ahead To 2021" (New York Times)

Source: E&E News, 12/31/2020