Insights

We regularly produce original research and analysis that highlight attorney general work on clean energy and the environment and provide commentary on important and timely topics in these areas of work.

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    Plastics Litigation Tracker

    Updated May 24, 2024

    The Plastics Litigation Tracker tracks cases addressing plastics across federal and state courts, including resolved and pending cases. The tracker will be updated as cases are resolved and new cases are filed.

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    Vacation Mode: Unlocked

    It’s that time of year! The temperature is heating up, schedules are simmering down (hah!), and your long summer afternoons are just waiting to be filled with ways to learn about the latest climate, clean energy, and environmental topics. We’ve got you covered with reading, listening, and watching recommendations for your summer!

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    Tracking Transmission Reform

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Transmission planning needs to change to support a clean, affordable, and equitable grid. Hear from state AGs on why transmission reform is a critical aspect of climate response, get background on how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is approaching its overhaul to the process, and stay up to date on how AGs are getting involved.

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    Empowering Consumers, Encouraging Competition, Yet…Eliciting Claims of Antitrust Violations?

    ESG has been all over the news lately as companies consider how to empower consumers to make informed choices. Recently, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser spoke out against efforts to put a stop to these “pro-competitive, pro-consumer” practices.

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    AG Actions Database

    Updated May 6, 2024
    This database tracks actions of regional and national significance taken by state AGs to advance clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies since 2017. The database is updated on a monthly basis.

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    A Different Kind of Class: Children Seek Equally Protected Futures

    Youth across the globe are increasingly speaking out about climate change and its impacts on their lives. In a new suit, young plaintiffs seek a judicial declaration that the U.S. government has denied them equal protection of the law by allowing life-threatening levels of fossil fuel climate pollution in ways that deliberately discriminate against children.

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    A Full Trip Around the Sun, Yet EJ Remains Eclipsed at FERC

    Exactly one year after FERC held its Roundtable on Environmental Justice and Equity in Infrastructure Permitting, the D.C. Circuit issued a decision affirming FERC’s broad authority in pipeline matters. This year, there are more vacancies on the Commission, and pushing for EJ reforms remains crucial.

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    Securities Law Tackles Impact of a Changing Climate on Bottom Line

    “In the Courts” Column: With its recent climate risk rule, the Securities and Exchange Commission has begun to create a regime where investors will receive reliable disclosures about climate problems that they can compare across companies. The rule faces suits, but SEC is on solid ground with focus on material risks.

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    DOL Paves the Road Green for Retirement

    The Department of Labor has just released a finalized rule around its Investment Duties regulation in order to clarify how Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)-regulated fiduciaries can take into consideration climate and environmental, social, governance (ESG) issues.

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    Leading the Clean Energy Charge: Spotlight on State AGs

    When it comes to the future of a clean energy grid, it might be surprising to learn that state attorneys general play a big role at both the state and federal levels. But it’s true. Regardless of who is leading the Department of Energy or Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, for years, states have played an important role, and recent examples prove this yet again.

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    Easy as Pi: Regulating for the Grid of the Future

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is poised to take action this spring on transmission reform – reforms that are needed so that new energy sources make it to the grid and to meet growing demand. FERC’s Chairman Willie Phillips has said the reforms are in their “final lap.” It is time to get back up to speed.

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    Looking (at Climate Impacts) Before Leaping (to Expand a Pipeline)

    In two weeks, the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument on a controversial natural gas pipeline project which is supposed to add 36 miles of new pipeline, as well as infrastructure, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Here is a rundown of the arguments before the court.