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Taking the Public Trust Seriously: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision in PEDF v. Commonwealth
On December 19, 2013, in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held unconstitutional major parts of Pennsylvania’s Act 13—a 2012 oil and gas law designed to facilitate the development of natural gas from Marcellus Shale. In so doing, the Court…
The Challenge and Opportunity of Deep Decarbonization
The national debate about climate change has reached a crucial point. We have had eight years of modest progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The best known and most controversial part of that effort is the Clean Power Plan, which is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from…
Where do Presidential and Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Candidates Stand on Sustainability and Climate Change?
Students at Widener Commonwealth Law School have created two-column comparison charts to enable you to quickly compare and contrast the positions of major party candidates on a range of sustainability and climate change issues. The chart for the presidential race shows the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The chart for the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania shows…
Who is John Dernbach?
John C. Dernbach is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University, Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, and director of its Environmental Law and Sustainability Center. John leads a project, Sustaining America, that reviews sustainable development efforts in the United States and makes recommendations for future action. Read on