Overlawyered » environment http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:24:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 “Pastors also have agreed… to preach environmentally focused sermons” http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/pastors-also-agreed-preach-environmentally-focused-sermons/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/pastors-also-agreed-preach-environmentally-focused-sermons/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:20:19 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49593 In exchange for relief from a state-mandated stormwater remediation fee, and direct government subsidies to pay for property improvements intended to reduce runoff, some churches in Prince George’s County, Maryland have made an unusual commitment to the authorities. I explain, and raise questions, at Free State Notes. Since when does government get the power to […]

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In exchange for relief from a state-mandated stormwater remediation fee, and direct government subsidies to pay for property improvements intended to reduce runoff, some churches in Prince George’s County, Maryland have made an unusual commitment to the authorities. I explain, and raise questions, at Free State Notes. Since when does government get the power to cut churches tax breaks in exchange for their agreement to preach an approved line? (& Bader, CEI)

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Environment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/environment-roundup-14/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/environment-roundup-14/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:05:24 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49054 In Utah prairie dog case, federal judge finds Endangered Species Act regulation of intra-state property impacts exceeds scope of enumerated federal powers [Jonathan Adler, Evan Bernick, Jonathan Wood/PLF] Certiorari petition on whether economic considerations should enter into ESA measures on behalf of delta smelt in California [Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus] “While Smart Growth as […]

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  • In Utah prairie dog case, federal judge finds Endangered Species Act regulation of intra-state property impacts exceeds scope of enumerated federal powers [Jonathan Adler, Evan Bernick, Jonathan Wood/PLF] Certiorari petition on whether economic considerations should enter into ESA measures on behalf of delta smelt in California [Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus]
  • “While Smart Growth as a whole is maligned by some advocates of the free market, many Smart Growth tenets are actually deregulatory.” [Emily Washington, Market Urbanism; related, obnoxious-yet-informative Grist]
  • Economic logic should be enough to halt suburban Maryland Purple Line, but if not, says Chevy Chase, hey, let’s find a shrimp [Washington Post; Diana Furchtgott-Roth on economics of Purple Line]
  • SCOTUS should review Florida-dock case in which lower courts held property rights not “fundamental” for scrutiny purposes [Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus]
  • “The Problem of Water” [Gary Libecap, Cato Regulation]
  • Paul Krugman and others hyped the rare earth crisis. Whatever happened to it? [Alex Tabarrok]
  • Louisiana judge strikes down state law prohibiting levee boards’ erosion/subsidence suit against oil companies, appeal likely [New Orleans Times-Picayune]
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    “Colorado, Oregon Reject GMO Labeling” http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/colorado-oregon-reject-gmo-labeling/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/colorado-oregon-reject-gmo-labeling/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 15:44:13 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49296 A bad idea still isn’t catching on with voters, although those on the island of Maui approved an agricultural GMO moratorium, supposedly temporary. [NPR, earlier] Tweet Tags: Colorado, environment, food safety, Hawaii, Oregon

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    A bad idea still isn’t catching on with voters, although those on the island of Maui approved an agricultural GMO moratorium, supposedly temporary. [NPR, earlier]

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    Environment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/environment-roundup-13/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/environment-roundup-13/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:05:42 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48399 Called on his “jail ‘em” rants, RFK Jr. tries to walk things back. Not gonna work [Andrew Stuttaford, Steven Hayward, earlier] If you think plastic bags have a high energy cost, one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers has news for you [The Dish; related, Julian Morris/Albuquerque Journal] There she is! The one who favorited that tweet! […]

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  • Called on his “jail ‘em” rants, RFK Jr. tries to walk things back. Not gonna work [Andrew Stuttaford, Steven Hayward, earlier]
  • If you think plastic bags have a high energy cost, one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers has news for you [The Dish; related, Julian Morris/Albuquerque Journal]
  • There she is! The one who favorited that tweet! Bring her to justice! [@gabrielmalor via @andrewmgrossman]
  • Some online commenters insist there must be a link between Ebola and GMOs, and in a sense they’re right: GM techniques likely to prove vital in developing therapies against the disease [Abbie Smith]
  • Ann Althouse annotates a long New York Times Magazine article promoting the Louisiana coastal-erosion lawsuit [earlier]
  • Who’s more credible on Chevron/Ecuador, Steven Donziger or his many critics? [Joseph Nocera, New York Times] Appeals court opens doors to more revelations in case [Paul Barrett, Business Week] More: Oh, and about Mia Farrow… [Phelim McAleer, New York Post]
  • “Newfoundland judge dismisses moose vehicle collision class action lawsuit” [Canadian Press, earlier]
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    Forest Service: no photographing wilderness lands without permission http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/forest-service-photographing-public-lands-without-permission/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/forest-service-photographing-public-lands-without-permission/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:34:54 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48503 News reporters, nature lovers, scientists and Western lawmakers are in an uproar over the Forest Service’s plans to finalize a ban on taking photographs in federally designated wilderness areas without permission of the service. A spokeswoman “said the agency was implementing the Wilderness Act of 1964, which aims to protect wilderness areas from being exploited […]

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    News reporters, nature lovers, scientists and Western lawmakers are in an uproar over the Forest Service’s plans to finalize a ban on taking photographs in federally designated wilderness areas without permission of the service. A spokeswoman “said the agency was implementing the Wilderness Act of 1964, which aims to protect wilderness areas from being exploited for commercial gain.. … ‘We have to follow the statutory requirements.'” [Oregonian, Coyote and followup, ABA Journal]

    Update: Service backs down, at least to the extent of acknowledging that it needs to clarify the scope of the ban.

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    Piano keys descending http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/ivory/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/ivory/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:15:21 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48310 Further reading on the federal regulations forcing destruction of ivory keys when old pianos are sold across state lines [Sally Phillips, Piano World, Piano Buyer (Sen. Alexander, Rep. Daines introduce relief bills), Doug Bandow, Cato, earlier here (violin bows), here, etc.] Miscellaneous on ivory and antiques: John Leydon/WSJ (“Grandma’s Cameo Becomes Yard Sale Contraband,” related […]

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    Further reading on the federal regulations forcing destruction of ivory keys when old pianos are sold across state lines [Sally Phillips, Piano World, Piano Buyer (Sen. Alexander, Rep. Daines introduce relief bills), Doug Bandow, Cato, earlier here (violin bows), here, etc.] Miscellaneous on ivory and antiques: John Leydon/WSJ (“Grandma’s Cameo Becomes Yard Sale Contraband,” related here (raid on auction by “heavily-armed” California agents) and here.

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    Langewiesche responds to Garvin http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/langewiesche-responds-garvin/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/langewiesche-responds-garvin/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:58:22 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48327 Via p.r. agent Karen Hinton, William Langewiesche has now responded in our comments section (as well as elsewhere) to Glenn Garvin’s critical Miami Herald column (linked here) regarding Langewiesche’s 2007 Vanity Fair piece on the Chevron-Ecuador litigation. Garvin has in turn contributed a rejoinder. Tweet Tags: Chevron, environment, media bias

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    Via p.r. agent Karen Hinton, William Langewiesche has now responded in our comments section (as well as elsewhere) to Glenn Garvin’s critical Miami Herald column (linked here) regarding Langewiesche’s 2007 Vanity Fair piece on the Chevron-Ecuador litigation. Garvin has in turn contributed a rejoinder.

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    “California environmental laws ‘worked’…” http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/california-environmental-laws-worked/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/california-environmental-laws-worked/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:15:44 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48271 Or so a California Court of Appeals “proudly announced …because it took only 20 years from a developer’s application to build a housing tract under existing zoning, to the court’s EIR [environmental impact review] approval.” [Gideon Kanner, citing Clover Valley Foundation v. City of Rocklin, 197 Cal. App.4th 200 (2011), as well as a September […]

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    Or so a California Court of Appeals “proudly announced …because it took only 20 years from a developer’s application to build a housing tract under existing zoning, to the court’s EIR [environmental impact review] approval.” [Gideon Kanner, citing Clover Valley Foundation v. City of Rocklin, 197 Cal. App.4th 200 (2011), as well as a September 2014 land use roundtable in California Lawyer]

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    Administration launches big push to regulate household appliances http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/administration-launches-big-push-regulate-household-appliances/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/administration-launches-big-push-regulate-household-appliances/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:05:05 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48209 Not clear that anything has been learned from the green-washer fiasco: “Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances…. critics argue the push to regulate household appliances is evidence of a […]

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    Not clear that anything has been learned from the green-washer fiasco: “Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances…. critics argue the push to regulate household appliances is evidence of a nanny state.” [The Hill]

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    “Enviro groups: NC swine farms discriminate against minorities” http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/enviro-groups-nc-swine-farms-discriminate-minorities/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/enviro-groups-nc-swine-farms-discriminate-minorities/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:08:07 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48189 Disparate impact by way of location? “Four environmental groups announced a federal complaint Thursday alleging that North Carolina’s hog farms discriminate against ethnic minorities because the stench and pollution from the swine operations disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans who live nearby.” [Raleigh News & Observer] Tweet Tags: agriculture and farming, disparate impact, […]

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    Disparate impact by way of location? “Four environmental groups announced a federal complaint Thursday alleging that North Carolina’s hog farms discriminate against ethnic minorities because the stench and pollution from the swine operations disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans who live nearby.” [Raleigh News & Observer]

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