How Can We Build Transmission Infrastructure Responsibly?

Flyer for the second panel of the Emmett Institute 2023 Symposium, titled "Transmission Case Study: Remaking our Power Grid for Renewable Energy", featuring panelists Jennifer Chen of WRI, Karen Douglas of CPUC, and Jeremy Hargreaves of Evolved Energy Research, and moderator William Boyd of UCLA

The IIJA and IRA offer a chance to speed up electricity-transmission development, but can it be done fairly?

This is the second of a series of posts previewing the Emmett Institute’s 2023 Symposium, coming up on April 12. Check out the first post, introducing some of the big questions around the IIJA and IRA, and the third post, on transportation infrastructure; and RSVP for the Symposium here! The clean-energy transition that is one …


How Should We Implement the New Federal Climate Laws?

Flyer for the first panel of the Emmett Institute Symposium, titled "Dreaming Big: How to Build and Infrastructure for the Future," featuring panelists Sylvia Chi of Just Solutions Collective, Jim Salzman of UCLA and UCSB, Dustin Maghamfar of Energy Foundation, and Kimberly Clausing of UCLA, and moderator Cara Horowitz of UCLA

An upcoming symposium by the Emmett Institute will explore the key climate impacts of IIJA and the IRA and unpack some of the obstacles and controversies around their implementation.

This is the first of a series of posts previewing the Emmett Institute’s 2023 Symposium, coming up on April 12. Check out the second post, on transmission infrastructure, and the third post, on transportation; and RSVP for the Symposium here! The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act of …


Today’s House Subcommittee Hearing on Climate Change

President Obama’s recent announcement on climate change irritated some in Congress—but we didn’t need a hearing to find that out.

Today, Republican leaders in the House Energy and Power Subcommittee called a hearing to discuss climate change.  Has the Right suddenly taken an interest in responding to climate change? As you might anticipate, the answer is no.  The hearing, entitled “The Obama Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities,” focused on attacks to the President’s Climate …


An Invitation to Explore the Connections Between Constitutional & Environmental Law

These days, more and more of the most important environmental law disputes arise in the crucible of constitutional law.  Preemption, the Dormant Commerce Clause, the foreign powers doctrine, constitutional principles of standing to sue and the separation of powers doctrine are all doctrines of constitutional law that have been invoked in much of the most …