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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