Climate change developments

The PIOGA Press

This article is an excerpt of The 2020 Babst Calland Report, which represents the collective legal perspective of Babst Calland’s energy attorneys addressing the most current business and regulatory issues facing the oil and natural gas industry. A full copy of the Report is available by writing info@babstcalland.com.

The momentum to propose and adopt new legislation, regulation, policies and programs to address climate change steadily increased during 2019 and only subsided in early 2020 as the nation struggled to address the COVID-19 pandemic. As described below, the Trump administration continued its regulatory reform, reducing various obligations related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while state and federal courts continue to evaluate claims against both the government and industry regarding their risks, roles and responsibilities to confront the impacts of climate change.

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