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Five Facts about Energy Storage that Every Californian Should Know

Matthew Beyer

If you aren’t already paying attention to energy storage, you should be. While most people admittedly don’t get giddy at the thought of a lithium ion battery, energy experts and policymakers do and they are becoming increasingly excited about the potential role energy storage can play in the future of electricity management. Read more >

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Will Confirming Judge Barrett be the Death of Chevron Deference?

James Goodwin, J.D., M.P.P.

The consequences of a 6-3 supermajority extend beyond hot-button social issues. Read more >

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Climate Gentrification – Caught Between Steel and Sea Level Rise

Paulette Richards

As sea levels rise, wealthier homeowners seek to reduce their risks of chronic inundation and dwindling property values by moving to higher ground, often to communities that have been traditionally poorer and Blacker or browner. As community advocate Paulette Richards describes in this guest blog post, the risk of “climate gentrification” rises right along with sea levels. Read more >

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The EPA’s ‘Censored Science’ Rule Isn’t Just Bad Policy, It’s Also Illegal

James Goodwin

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears poised to take the next step in advancing its dangerous “censored science” rulemaking with the pending release of a supplemental proposal. The EPA presumably intends for this action to respond to criticism of the many glaring errors and shortcomings in its original proposal, hastily released in 2018. Unfortunately, if the leaked version of the supplemental proposal is any indication, the agency is no closer to curing one of the 2018 proposal’s biggest defects: identifying a plausible legal authority to issue the rule in the first place. As such, if and when it’s finalized, the rule is doomed to easy rejection on the judicial review that is certain to follow. Read more >

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What You Should Know This Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Linda Reinstein

Did you know asbestos—the carcinogen that causes mesothelioma—is still in-use and is imported into the country every year? Most people think asbestos went the way of 8-track tapes and brick-sized cell phones, but it’s still legal and lethal in the United States of America, in contrast to the more than 60 countries around the globe that have banned it.

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