Sunday, May 15, 2011
* This week WildEarth Guardians and the federal government settled WildEarth Guardian's pending Endangered Species Act listing litigation, which was substantial given in that two of its recent petitions included documentation and request for the listing agencies to list a combined total of more than 1,100 species. By the terms of the settlement agreement, the Obama Administration agreed to address 251 candidate species and petitioned species and WildEarth Guardians agreed not to bring additional lawsuits in the interium. Additional details of the settlement can be found on the ESA Blawg, the New York Times, and BusinessWeek.
* Ann Carlson wrote an informative post on Legal Planet detailing how many of the Republican candidates running for President have altered their positions on climate change.
* The Sierra Club called on Governor Brown to change California's implementation of its climate change law, AB 32. The LA Times' coverage on this issue was particularly good.
* There is a conflict brewing between the EPA and Illinois regarding the polluted state of the Chicago River (the same issue and river at issue in the frequently taught case of Missouri v. Illinois). Tip of the Hat to Jason Czarnezki's blog for directing us to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's coverage of this.
* The Hill reports that House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may use the upcoming debt-ceiling legislation to try to thwart EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases. This follows on the news of Senate Republicans introducing legislation to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.
* The following headline by the LA Times may be some of the best environmental news of the week: $25,000, 350-mile-per-charge electric car could be reality by 2017, DOE says.