The Political Climate Gets Legal December 17, 2013Posted by Jamie Friedland in Climate Change, Law.
Tags: Cap and Trade, Climate Change, Commerce Clause, Congress, dormant Commerce Clause, electricity, environmental law, Global Warming, law, Politics, power sector, Texas, The Political Climate, ThePoliticalClimate
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This blog has been quiet for a while, but that does not mean the writing has stopped. Here’s a link to my first print publication with the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, entitled, The “Lone Grid” State: Texas as the Ideal Location for State-Level Climate Regulation (pdf). In short, I argue that the interaction between the interstate electrical grid and the Constitution’s limitation on state regulation of interstate commerce may actually make Texas better able to enact a strong climate program than even California. Enjoy!
The Keystone XL Pipeline Messes with Texas January 29, 2011Posted by Jamie Friedland in Tar Sands.
Tags: Keystone XL Pipeline, Oil, Sierra Club, Tar sands, Texas
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New post at Change.org:
Concerned neighbors who might otherwise be Tea Party activists are becoming eco-activists, organizing their neighbors, distributing flyers, and holding meetings with environmental groups such as the Sierra Club. Environmental organizers have been surprised by their reception in East Texas, where local support has blossomed from unexpected meeting attendance to letter-writing campaigns and community resistance councils.
Rural Texas does not normally ally itself with the Sierra Club, so what sets this pipeline apart from those that already snake across the Lone Star State? It is the heavy-handed tactics TransCanada is employing to blaze its oily trail through America. And especially in Texas, such strong-arming from a Canadian company—with major Chinese investors—feels a lot like foreign aggression.
Read the full post and sign a petition to stop the project here.
Texas Town Fights Fracking Near Dallas Cowboys Stadium December 6, 2010Posted by Jamie Friedland in Natural Gas.
Tags: Arlington, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing, Natural Gas, Texas
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Kim Feil, a concerned resident who lives in this threatened neighborhood, told Change.org about her work fighting drilling around her home. “This has been my full time, volunteer job since this summer. I have never worked so hard to just maintain our quality of life and property values,” she says. She spends her time going door-to-door informing renters in the nearby multi-family housing complexes and in a low-income trailer park. Most hadn’t even aware of the proposed project, since notification was only sent to the property owners and signs about the public meeting were placed on a street with restricted commercial access.
Ms. Feil explains that locals were assured that the drilling site would not be near them and would inconvenience them for just one month. That just isn’t the case. Even without accidents or groundwater contamination, fracking is disruptive to the local community.
Read the full post and sign a petition to help this neighborhood at Change.org.