Author Archives: Ari Peskoe

Harvard Law School Oil and Gas Discussion Group Launches

The Harvard Law School Oil and Gas Discussion Group launched its 2015-2016 program. The Discussion Group enables graduate students to share their research in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary setting. Participants are studying more than half a dozen disciplines at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Kennedy […]

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October 23 – Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic to Host Open House

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic (ELPC) will host an Open House on Friday, October 23 from 11:30am to 1:30pm in WCC 4119, in the clinical wing. Come speak with Clinic Director Wendy Jacobs and ELPC attorneys about the exciting and diverse opportunities the clinic offers. The clinic’s projects include ground-breaking litigation and briefs […]

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Policy Initiative Celebrates 80th Birthday of the Federal Power Act

In 1935, Congress passed Title II of the Federal Power Act. The law grants federal jurisdiction over transmission of electricity in interstate commerce and wholesale electricity sales. To mark the 80th birthday of the Federal Power Act, the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute convened a group of experts to discuss how […]

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ELP Weighs in on EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015, the U.S. EPA issued the final Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal rule that requires cuts in carbon emissions from existing power plants. Regulated plants can comply by burning cleaner natural gas instead of coal, generating energy from renewable sources, implementing energy efficiency programs, or holding emission reduction credits. ELP faculty […]

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Freeman and Konschnik on the Clean Power Plan in The New York Times: A Climate Plan Businesses Can Like

In an op-ed published on August 3, Professor Jody Freeman and Kate Konschnik argue that “[m]any big players in the electric power industry will gain more with [ EPA’s Clean Power Plan ] in place than if the courts strike it down.” EPA’s Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from […]

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Jody Freeman in Politico: Key Changes in EPA’s Clean Power Plan

In an article published in Politco, Professor Jody Freeman argues that the goverment’s chances of successfully defending the final Clean Power Plan rule “just got a significant boost.” In the article, Professor Freeman highlights five key changes in the final rule compared to the proposal EPA released in June 2014: The rule places the regulatory […]

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Professor Lazarus Responds to BP Oil Spill Settlement Announcement

Professor Richard Lazarus, who served as the Executive Director of National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, responded to the settlement between the United States and BP announced on July 2. “The United States and BP announced “in principle” today a $18.7 billion settlement of BP’s remaining liability to the United States and the […]

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The Chevron Sidestep: Professor Freeman on King v. Burwell

Today, the Supreme Court held that federal subsidies to help Americans buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are available in every State, whether the States themselves or the Federal government sets up the health care exchanges. This is a major victory for the Obama administration, which had adopted that view of the law […]

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Prof. Freeman Reacts to Appeals Court Dismissal of Challenge to Power Plant Regulations

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The court held that the challenge to the proposed Clean Power Plan, brought by a coalition of coal companies and states, was premature. […]

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ELP Convenes Meeting on Natural Gas Leakage in Boston

On May 7, EPI Director Kate Konschnik and Clinical Instructor Aladdine Joroff, who co-chairs the Boston Bar Association’s air committee, convened a meeting at the Boston Bar Association on methane leakage from natural gas distribution. Kathryn McKain, a Harvard graduate student who participates in the EPI Oil and Gas Discussion Group, led by Kate Konschnik, […]

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