December 21, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
US President Barack Obama signed the annual federal defense policy bill into law Friday but expressed dissatisfaction over provisions that limit the his ability to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. HR 3979 authorizes a $585 billion dollar budget for Department of Defense (DOD) ...[read more]
January 29, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On January 29, 2010, US President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2020. The reduction order followed a December 2009 announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that greenhouse gases threatened both public health and the ...[read more]
September 7, 2011
by Megan McKee
Laura Frano, University of Pittsburgh Law School of Law Class of 2012, is a certified legal intern at the University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic. She writes on the growing popularity of natural gas as an energy source and the need to proactively implement international law and policy to ...[read more]
August 13, 2011
by Daniel Richey
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming on Friday struck down a set of administrative rules advanced by the Obama administration last year that placed stricter limits on environmental impact requirements of oil and gas drilling operations. Judge Nancy Freudenthal ...[read more]
April 10, 2011
by Jonathan Cohen
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Tamar Cerafici of the Cerafici Law Firm says that the nuclear crisis in Japan highlights the need for an international response with clear, measured leadership from the United States. That leadership is hollow unless the United States adopts a coherent energy policy ...[read more]
March 16, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On March 16, 2005, the US Senate voted 51-49 to maintain an amendment that would have allowed oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. President George W. Bush had pushed for allowing the drilling throughout his presidency, arguing that tapping the reserve's oil was critical to ...[read more]
February 10, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 10, 2009, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced plans to reverse offshore drilling policies established by former US president George W. Bush at the end of his presidency. The move came as part of a larger effort by the administration of President Barack Obama to create a ...[read more]
September 6, 2010
by Devin Montgomery
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Cdr. Tom Emerick (USCG), former counsel to National Incident Commander (NIC) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, retired Admiral Thad Allen, explains how existing regulatory rules and agency practices affected the response to the spill and says they need to be ...[read more]
June 24, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
A ballot initiative aimed at suspending California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) qualified on Tuesday for California's November ballot, setting the stage for a debate over environmental policy and its impact on the economy. The initiative, known as the California Jobs Initiative, ...[read more]
January 29, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
US President Barack Obama on Friday ordered the federal government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2020. The reduction is pursuant to Executive Order 13514, signed by Obama in October. The order provides, in part:It is therefore the policy of the United States that Federal ...[read more]

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