If you want to see how policy and elections can either drive or derail renewable energy deployment one should pay attention to the political activity in California. Since the 1970s, California has been the leader among states as it relates to the development of policies to encourage the use of renewable energy, and this election year will be pivotal for California and the country on that front. On November 2nd Proposition 23 will be on the California’s ballot as an initiated state statute, and if approved it would suspend Assembly Bill 32 otherwise known as the Global Warming Act of 2006 (“the Act”). The Act, which is California's landmark clean air legislation, was passed by a Democratic Legislature and Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and requires that greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission levels be cut to 1990 levels by 2020. The Act was scheduled to take effect in … [Read more...] about If Approved by Voters on November 2nd, California Ballot Initiative Would Suspend California’s Climate Change Law
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Trends and AnalysisWe have identified 32 health care-related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Of those, only four were filed in 2013. The majority (23 cases) were filed in 2012, with the remainder dating back as far as March 2009.These 32 cases were filed in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Several cases were filed in historically active jurisdictions for False Claims Act cases, including the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of Massachusetts, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.The government declined to intervene in about 60% of the cases in which the unsealed filings included the government’s decision on intervention. The four cases profiled in this month’s Qui Tam Update are all cases in which the government has not intervened.Subject matter of claims:Half of the recently unsealed cases involved both state and federal claims.Fourteen of the 32 recently unsealed cases included … [Read more...] about Qui Tam Update: Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases November 2013
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATECongress returns from the Presidents Day recess, and energy and climate issues will heat up again this work period as Congress sends the Keystone XL pipeline legislation to President Obama, committees consider fiscal year 2016 spending requests, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) prepare to introduce a broad energy efficiency package, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee holds a workshop on the Clean Power Plan, all in the midst of a calendar filled with other issues such as funding for the Department of Homeland Security, nominations, the Doc Fix, an authorization for the use of force against ISIS, and a handful of other potential measures.The tax reform debate is expected to continue in the coming days, weeks, and months, though it is becoming increasingly likely that comprehensive tax reform may be too difficult a lift this year. If Congress is unable to come to an agreement on tax reform, we will turn increasingly to tax extenders … [Read more...] about Energy & Environmental Law Update– February 23, 2015
Aug 4 (Reuters) - NBA legend Michael Jordan and U.S. athletes rallied to LeBron James' defense on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the star player's intelligence in a tweet."I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” Jordan, now owner of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets, told NBC News through a spokesperson.The comment by Jordan and others came after Trump had tweeted:"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!"Trump was referring to an interview CNN's Lemon did in the days after James, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and his foundation had opened a public school for some of the most disadvantaged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. 34 PHOTOS Michael Jordan through the years See Gallery Michael Jordan through the years 1990: A close up of Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls as … [Read more...] about Michael Jordan backs LeBron James after President Trump questions player’s intelligence
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