Local Communities Lead the Way on Clean Energy

Across the country, there is a growing trend of local governments, businesses, and non-profits taking the lead on addressing climate change by making their communities more sustainable. With the lack of Congressional support for climate change legislation[1] and the challenges facing the EPA’s recent emissions regulations,[2] local initiatives and partnerships may be among the most […]

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Yellowstone Wolves’ Fate in Legal Hands

A video called “How Wolves Change Rivers” was posted on YouTube in February 2014.[1] It was about how wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 completely changed the ecosystem in a very complicated process called trophic cascade. Trophic cascade is “an ecological process which starts at the top of the food chain and tumbles […]

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Fracking Finance: Oil and Gas Extraction Tax Revenue in North Dakota

Following the expansion of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling techniques, the United States has now entered the so-called “shale era”—a period of increased production of oil and gas from shale rock. Accompanying this shift in production is a transformation in production regulatory policies. Questions of which level of authority—federal, state or local—should regulate this […]

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Scenic Hudson and Storm King: Revolutionizing Standing in Environmental Litigation

With the frequency of environmental litigation today, we often take for granted important judicial advancements that helped facilitate successful environmental law claims. Standing, the right to bring suit, is a fundamental element of being able to bring a claim, yet it once stood in the way of citizens and environmental organizations who sued to protect […]

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