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E&E Legal Releases ‘Energy Poverty’ Video for Papal Visit

E&E Legal firmly believes that humanity has a moral obligation to protect and preserve the environment. However, the Pope’s strategy to address ‘climate change’ – which is shared by many other faith leaders, extremists in the United Nations, and socialistic governments across Europe and the rest of the world – will only bring skyrocketing energy prices that have already devastated and killed the most vulnerable in those countries who have employed such policies.  To raise awareness of these failed and dangerous ‘climate’ policies, E&E Legal released a revised version of an earlier video prior to the Papal visit.

E&E Legal Petitions Supreme Court Re: CO RES Case

On October 9th, The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) filed a Petition for Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court regarding the suit E&E Legal brought against the State of Colorado concerning the constitutionality of its Renewable Energy Standards (RES). E&E Legal has now asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review this case and explain once and for all when and why extraterritorial regulation is unconstitutional The case is titled Energy & Environment Legal Institute, et al. v. Joshua Epel.

Reforming Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act
by Matthew Hardin, FME Law Counsel

In 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act – which applies to all state and local government agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia – could exclude non-citizens of Virginia without violating the federal Constitution. Thus, Americans who do not reside in Virginia have no access to Virginia’s public records at all.

Energy & Environment Legal Institute asks D.C. Circuit to strike down EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”
by Chaim Mandelbaum, FME Law Counsel

On October 29, The Energy & Environment Legal Institute filed two petitions in the D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals. These petitions asked the court to review the two key prongs of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan (CPP)”, a plan which will do little if anything to help the environment, but will do a great deal to harm the American economy and its workers.

E&E Legal Hosts First Annual Gala

On the evening of October 27, sixty friends and associates gathered at the Reserve Officers Association, which is located directly across the street from the U.S. Senate office buildings for E&E Legal’s First Annual Gala. The event, which was emceed by Craig Richardson, E&E Legal’s Executive Director, served as an opportunity to showcase the work the group has done as well as to raise money for the organization.

Citing Emails Obtained in FOIA Litigation, E&E Legal Joins Other Petitioners Seeking a Stay of EPA’s Rules under the Clean Air Act
by Craig Richardson, Executive Director

On November 5th, The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), joined numerous other petitioners – including 26 states, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers, and utilities – in support of a stay of EPA’s rules regulating greenhouse gases (GHG).  The petition, which was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, argues EPA’s “transformative” greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations” warrant a stay to mitigate the harms they are already causing. Litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has revealed more damning and highly relevant facts regarding the rules’ harms and also their unlawful promulgation.

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