Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 26

carbon tax. In Latin America and South America, countries such as Brazil,
Columbia, Peru, and Argentina have developed and are increasingly enforcing
a variety of environmental laws.
"Some of the receptiveness in these countries is driven by reality," says
Madeleine Boyer, cochair of the Latin American practice group at Beveridge &
Diamond PC. "For example, glacier melt directly affects agricultural production.
Electric utility grids are at maximum capacity. Climate change has very real
human and economic impacts that provide motivation for legal response."

THE U.S. RESPONSE
Once a global leader on environmental issues, the United States has clearly
taken a step back. In fact, Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of the
science pertaining to global warming.
In February, the Washington Post reported that the White House plans to create
an ad hoc group to reassess the government's analysis of climate science. The
new group, operating under the auspices of the National Security Council,
would include scientists who challenge the consensus that greenhouse gas
emissions are helping drive global warming, according to the Post.
"In general, I don't think anyone could argue that the United States is doing
enough to combat climate change," says Colangelo. "We have a federal vacuum
of action, and we've abdicated any type of global leadership role in the solution
to climate change. In addition, this administration is decidedly deregulatory. The
administration's proposed rollbacks for emissions standards leave our business
leaders in a state of uncertainty. We are concerned that could lead to further
delay on the work to address climate change."

Rivlin points out that the nation's retreat "gives other countries an opportunity
to step into a leadership role."
Despite the Trump administration's stance on climate change, the United States
is still making progress when it comes to reducing emissions and shifting
toward clean energy, climate researchers say. One reason is that "market forces
are transitioning us to a lower carbon power sector," says Colangelo.
She adds that states are announcing new clean energy initiatives and more
aggressive renewable portfolio standards. In addition, states are coming
together to create regional transportation initiatives to reduce congestion and
greenhouse gas emissions at the same time, she says.
"Again, it's not all doom and gloom," says Colangelo. "There's been tremendous
climate action on the sub-national front."
And, finally, Congress has not remained silent. Representative Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey recently released the Green New Deal,
proposed legislation aimed at eliminating carbon emissions and remolding the
economy to be powered by renewable fuels. Critics have mocked the Green
New Deal as unrealistic and even juvenile, but environmentalists welcome the
renewed emphasis on climate change.
"The Green New Deal is a bold set of ideas," says Colangelo. "The scale and
imminence of the climate threat certainly require such a level of ambition. The
details on implementation, though, and the future composition of Congress
will tell us more about its viability."
Anna Stolley Persky is a regular contributor to Washington Lawyer.

GET PUBLISHED
IN WASHINGTON LAWYER

We welcome submissions from attorneys and other professionals who
wish to share their expertise on law-related topics in Washington Lawyer
and at dcbar.org. Articles must be original and previously unpublished. All
submissions are open to editorial review and revisions.
CO M

Manuscripts should adhere to the following
word counts:
●

●

●

Law-related articles/features:
1,500-2000 words
Practice areas/professional development:
500 words
Essays/humor: 500 words

For more information,
email editorial@dcbar.org.

TH E

DIS

TRIC

MU

TO
F

N IT

COLU

Y*
CAR

RIPP
of the LE EFFEC
Pink W TS
ave
M BI

EER

A BA
RM
AG

A ZI

* PR
O

NE

FES

CO
MM
UN
N*
IT Y
PR A
*
C T IC
E M CAR
ANA EE
GEMR *
E N TP R
*O
SF
EER V
S SIC E
TH
IO
ED
N
IS

S IO

TR

IC T

OF

CY
BER
S
FO EC
RT
HE UR
INE IT
VIT
AB Y
L

PRE
PAR
ING

CO

LU

MB

IA

BA

RM

AG
A

ZIN

E

MARC

*P
R

AC

TIC

EM
AN

AG

EM

EN

H 20
19

T*
SE

E

FUT
L UR
UNE SMIVIN E
VEN ART G
SAF CIT
THE

NO
VE

MB

OF

EGU IES,
ARD
S

Righ

Gendting
in BIG er Imba
LAW lance

ER

20

18

RV

IC

E


http://www.dcbar.org

Washington Lawyer - May 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Washington Lawyer - May 2019

Digital Extras
Your Voice
From Our President
Practice Management
Calendar Of Events
Cybersecurity Rules & Risks For The International Lawyer
Borders, Refugees & A Global Crisis
Climate Change: Turning To Law In Race Against Time
Member Spotlight
Global & Domestic Outlook
Worth Reading
Media Bytes
Attorney Briefs
Ask The Ethics Experts
Disciplinary Summaries
The Pro Bono Effect
Community & Connections
Special Coverage: Youth Law Fair @ 20
Last Word
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Cover1
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Cover2
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 1
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 2
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 3
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Digital Extras
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Your Voice
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - From Our President
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 7
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Practice Management
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 9
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Calendar Of Events
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 11
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Cybersecurity Rules & Risks For The International Lawyer
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 13
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 14
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 15
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 16
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 17
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Borders, Refugees & A Global Crisis
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 19
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 20
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 21
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Climate Change: Turning To Law In Race Against Time
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 23
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 24
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 25
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 26
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 27
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Member Spotlight
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 29
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Global & Domestic Outlook
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 31
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Worth Reading
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Media Bytes
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Attorney Briefs
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 35
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Ask The Ethics Experts
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 37
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Disciplinary Summaries
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 39
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - The Pro Bono Effect
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 41
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 42
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 43
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Community & Connections
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 45
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Special Coverage: Youth Law Fair @ 20
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - 47
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Last Word
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Cover3
Washington Lawyer - May 2019 - Cover4
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/may2019
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/april2019
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/march2019
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/january2019
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/november2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/november2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/november2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/august2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/august2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/June/July2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/april2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/March2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/February2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/january2018
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/december2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/November2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/september 2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/september 2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/august2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/july2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/June2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/may2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/april2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/march2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/february2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/january2017
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/december2016
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/november2016/
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/october2016
http://washingtonlawyer.dcbar.org/september2016
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com