Chamber joins labour and climate activists in joint permitting push
Democrats urge EPA to tighten soot standards
Eighth Circuit rules Minnesota climate lawsuit does not belong in state court
Washington senators want to use climate funding on multiple endeavours


This article outlines pertinent legal and policy climate change developments in the United States during the past week.(1)

Chamber joins labour and climate activists in joint permitting push

The US Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with labour and climate activists – including North America's Building Trades Union, American Clean Power Association, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Solar Energy Industries Association and Edison Electric Institute – to call on Congress to pursue permitting reform.

Democrats urge EPA to tighten soot standards

Led by Senator Ed Markey, over 80 Democrats penned a letter to the Biden administration to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish an eight micrograms per cubic metre standard for fine particulate matter in the air.

Eighth Circuit rules Minnesota climate lawsuit does not belong in state court

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a climate change lawsuit brought by Minnesota against major oil companies should not be brought before a state court. This decision comes as the Biden administration implored the Supreme Court to not hear an appeal for a similar case in Colorado.

Washington senators want to use climate funding on multiple endeavours

Washington's first cap-and-trade auction raised $300 million and state senators are proposing to invest millions from the programme in:

  • electrifying ports, schools and homes;
  • conserving old forests; and
  • helping relocate Indigenous communities who are vulnerable to climate change.

For further information on this topic please contact Kenneth J Markowitz, Stacey H Mitchell, Dario J Frommer or Christopher A Treanor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP by telephone (+1 202 887 4000) or email ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]). The Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP website can be accessed at www.akingump.com.

Leila Fleming, public policy specialist, assisted with the preparation of this article.

Endnotes

(1) For the previous update, click here.