By Joe Moeller* In May of 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the final rules in a series of three Clean Air Act regulations. The rules’ purpose was to increase monitoring of methane and prevent leakage into the atmosphere. The methane rules are also a useful, though flawed, example of the “experimentation” principle of federalism. […]Read More
By Olivia Bensinger* As we move further into the era of climate change, we often find ourselves looking in unlikely places for tools with which to combat global warming. The Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) was enacted in 1973 for the singular purpose of protecting endangered and threatened species of animals and plants. The ESA has […]Read More
I. Introduction International aviation presents a serious issue when it comes to climate change. Two percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be attributed to international flights, and the amount of CO2 emissions from these flights is growing rapidly. From 1990-2010 CO2 emissions from the international aviation industry increased 40%; if the aviation sector […]Read More
Cap or Indicator? Is the Texas Education Agency Helping or Hurting our Special Education Population?
By Irma Cruz* The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), originally called the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, is the federal law governing special education. Congress enacted IDEA because millions of students with disabilities were being denied proper educational services.[i] IDEA’s mission is to provide all students who have disabilities with an “appropriate […]Read More
By Megan Stamm* Overview On October 14, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final version of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The new version implemented changes that addressed issues physicians had concerning Medicare. These regulations will encourage physicians to accept more patients using Medicare by issuing incentive plans. […]Read More
By Michael Smith* One of life’s ironies is that the machines that cool our homes, cars, and workplaces rely on chemicals that, when released into the environment, are greenhouse gases thousands of times as potent as carbon dioxide. These chemicals are called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs for short), and in a late environmental victory for the Obama […]Read More