Getting to the Root of Environmental Injustice

By Shea Diaz, Georgetown Environmental Law Review This post is part of the Environmental Law Review Syndicate.  In the United States, poor people and people of color experience higher cancer rates,[i] asthma rates,[ii] mortality rates,[iii] and overall poorer health than their affluent and white counterparts.[iv] The Environmental Justice Movement (EJM) links these health disparities to higher […]

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La Vie en Vert

It’s done. Like a reluctant Odysseus, we have fastened ourselves to the mast of emissions reductions with Bungee cords (not too tight, now!) and stuffed one ear full of wax—just in case those cheap, dirty fossil-fuel Sirens have something interesting to say. But what is this “Paris Agreement”? What did we promise? After some initial […]

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From the Well Up: A California County Confronts Fracking at the Polls

 On November 4, 2014, the voters of San Benito County passed Measure J, a voter initiative banning hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and all other high-intensity petroleum operations within county lines. Under California law, only a subsequent voter initiative can overrule this fracking ban. While it is not the first county or city within California to take […]

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EPA Unveils Final Clean Power Plan: So What’s All the Fuss About?

On August 3, 2015, the EPA released its highly anticipated Clean Power Plan, establishing the nation’s first greenhouse gas emissions standards for existing power plants.[1] The Clean Power Plan (“the Rule”) also is the first of its kind in another sense: it employs a unique new regulatory framework that has drawn both praise and criticism. […]

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