Monthly Archives: February 2011

FEDS REMOVE LAST OBSTACLE TO POWER PLANT CLOSURE; LAST SAN FRANCISCO FOSSIL FUEL PLANT

[POST BY PROFESSOR HELEN KANG, CLINIC DIRECTOR] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today made official what the community of San Francisco has waited for a long time. FERC decided that the last of the fossil-fuel power plants in the City … Continue reading

Posted in Air and Environmental Justice, Climate Change

US CO2 Emissions Climbing Again

[Post by Professor Alan Ramo] CUEL Advisory Council member Eric Shaefer’s organization, the Environmental Integrity Project, has released a new report showing that greenhouse gas CO2 emissions in the United States increased 5.56% last year, one of the hottest years … Continue reading

Posted in Air and Environmental Justice, Climate Change

Ninth Circuit Environmental Justice Transportation Case; Concurrence finds SF Bay Area Largely Free of Racism?

[Post by Prof. Ramo] The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on February 16, 2011, that plaintiffs in an important environmental justice case failed to document with precision that a regional transportation agency’s preference for regional rail projects over … Continue reading

Posted in Air and Environmental Justice

Report Finds Wasteful Farm Irrigation Is Unconsitutional

By Professor Paul Kibel Since 1928 the California Constitution has expressly prohibited “waste” of water and required that all uses of water must be “reasonable.” In January 2011, California’s Delta Watermaster issued a report proposing a “Reasonable Use” enforcement unit … Continue reading

Posted in Work on Water

California’s Greenhouse Gas program (AB 32)

By Professor Alan Ramo A San Francisco Superior Court Judge on January 21, 2011 issued the first important decision about California’s Greenhouse Gas program (AB 32), at least a tentative decision. A nice summary of the decision, and a link … Continue reading

Posted in Air and Environmental Justice, Climate Change