Does the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean the future of federal climate policy is in jeopardy? What will a changed Supreme Court mean for climate change and the all-important endangerment finding? The gang weighs in.
Then, we consider the great plastic cover-up. How important are plastics to the profits of fossil-fuel companies? We dive into an important investigation from NPR and Frontline into how fossil-fuel companies hoodwinked the public on plastics recycling.
Finally, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is out with an important and long-awaited policy that opens the door for all types of distributed energy — water heaters, batteries, rooftop solar, electric cars — to feed energy into the grid in the aggregate. Are we finally there?
Recommended reading and viewing:
- Scientific American: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaves a Nuanced Legacy on Environmental Issues
- Politico: Ginsburg Left a Long Environmental Legacy
- Axios: The Climate Stakes of the Supreme Court Fight
- Frontline: Plastic Wars
- NPR: How Big Oil Misled the Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled
- Greentech Media: ‘Game-Changer’ FERC Order Opens Grid Markets to DER
- Twitter: Peter Cavan’s FERC thread
- Twitter: Ari Peskoe’s FERC thread
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