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When “Stay In Your Lane” Is Wrong

As vaccination for the coronavirus in the United States ramps up, I want to take a look back to a policy dispute over the initial plans for vaccine distribution at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 – in part because that fight (like “follow the science,” which I blogged about recently) also reveals some underlying principles in environmental law specifically, and in the use of law and science more broadly. As the initial...

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Keeping It All In the Ground?

The Biden Administration has set aggressive goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the United States.  And a necessary component for any long-term plan to address greenhouse gas emissions from the United States is reducing and ultimately eliminating the emissions from fossil fuels produced on federal lands. Why is this such a critical issue? Almost half of the coal mined in the United States, about a quarter of the...

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China’s 14th Five-Year Plan: A Missed Opportunity to Chart a Path to Carbon Neutrality?

Every five years China releases its blueprint for social and economic development and gives the world a preview of what’s to come. This year, on the heels of President Xi Jinping’s commitment to make China carbon neutral by 2060 and with the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP 26) quickly approaching, expectations were particularly high that China’s 14th Five-Year Plan — covering 2021-2025 — would accelerate and detail...