Environmental Politics

April 22, 2010

From Coal to Gas: Whether, When, How

A recent report from the Congressional Research Service indicates that underutilized natural gas plants have the potential to displace some coal plants. The author of the report joins an expert panel to look at the possibilities and questions raised by the idea of coal displacement. An Environmental Law Institute event.


"Saving A Dam To Save Waterfront Homeowners"

Across the country, aging dams are reaching the end of their lifespan, and must be either removed or rebuilt -- at very significant cost. One dam in Minnesota raises issues of public tax dollars being spent to benefit the rich -- and puts a political problem squarely in the lap of aspiring GOP tea-bagger Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Source: DC Bureau, 04/15/2010

Push for NJ DEP To Weigh Economic Impacts Creates Stir

"Should New Jersey's environmental agency play a key role in economic development? New Jersey Environmental Commissioner Bob Martin thinks so, and soon he will appoint an assistant commissioner for economic development -- believed to be a first in the agency's nearly 40-year history."

Source: Asbury Park Press, 04/12/2010
April 16, 2010

Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School, this conference will highlight five articles that address various aspects of the hottest topics in the current policy debate: climate change, translocal government organizations, nuclear waste, and endangered species.


Black Residents of Mossville, La., Win Hearing in Pollution Battle

"African-American residents of Mossville, a community just west of Lake Charles, have won a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on charges that the U.S. government has violated their rights to privacy and racial equality in not forcing local chemical plants to stop polluting."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/01/2010


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