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December 20, 2017

Fed Soc teleforum on “the right to a better climate”

Last week's teleforum focused principally on the recent oral argument before the Ninth Circuit addressing the federal government's mandamus petition, which requests that the appellate court put an immediate stop to the litigation. ...

November 22, 2016

Vilify critics now, send money

My friend, Myron Ebell, at the conservative / libertarian think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute has become a chief fund raiser for all sorts of liberal green groups in this post-election season of hand-wringing. How did this happen? At the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Myron has long been skeptical of many of the claims made by the ...

May 27, 2016

Ubiquitous misstatements in the United States Senate

On May 17 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave a 17 minute speech to a largely empty Senate chamber attacking Exxon for that company’s alleged climate change denial. You can see the Senator’s speech here at the 9 hour mark. Whitehouse used the occasion to attack PLF as a “creepy front group” that is in the climate-change ...

April 14, 2016

Zeal of climate change activists collides with the First Amendment

Several state attorneys general have announced their intention to begin investigations of ExxonMobil.  They contend that the energy company may have violated state unfair business practice laws during the 1980s and 1990s by trying to mislead the public about the relationship among global warming, greenhouse gases, and fossil fuels.  Recently, t ...

December 03, 2015

Greenhouse gases complicate CEQA

On Monday, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish & Wildlife.  The ruling overturns an important section of a voluminous environmental impact report prepared, under the California Environmental Quality Act, for the proposed Newhall Ranch development.  The project ...

November 30, 2015

Washington court rejects environmentalist show trial, but with a scary opinion

It has come to this … using children as a stalking horse for a radical eco-technocratic agenda. Last year, a couple of well-heeled environmentalist organizations filed a petition, purportedly on behalf of eight school-age children, asking the court to force the Department of Ecology to write a climate change rule based on the science offered ...

September 18, 2015

Should we send dissenters to jail?

Is it time to jail dissent?  When faced with an existential crisis, the needs of society may outweigh the rights of individuals, right?  Under that theory, of course, it was perfectly acceptable for the politicians in charge of the early Republic to pass the Alien and Sedition Acts, making it a crime to criticize the ...

June 10, 2014

D.C. Circuit deflates environmentalists’ attempt to create a “public trust” in the air

Last week, the D.C. Circuit issued a short unpublished decision in Alec L. v. EPA, beating back a strange attempt to assert a "public trust" in the air. As previously noted, the case was part of a concerted effort by environmentalists seeking to force the federal government and every state government in the nation to ...

June 07, 2014

President's weekly report — June 6, 2014

Environment — No trust in the air The D.C. Circuit issued this short unpublished per curiam decision in Alec L. v EPA, beating back a strange attempt to assert a “public trust” in the air.  This case seems to have been brought more for its optics than any serious legal argument.  This, and about 50 companion suits filed ...

May 06, 2014

A pretextual climate change report?

This week, the Obama Administration released a National Climate Assessment that predicts dire consequences for the nation’s economy owing to global warming.  Here at Pacific Legal Foundation, we take no position on the scientific side of the climate change debate, but we do strongly believe that climate change should not be used as a pretext ...