Volkswagen’s Environmental Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency, working alongside the Justice Department, seeks to enforce action against Volkswagen. Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, installed software in its vehicles designed to “cheat” emission tests. Investigations have commenced and charges will likely extend beyond mere civil liability to include criminal prosecutions. Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of Volkswagen, resigned and the  Continue Reading »

Michigan v. EPA and Cost-Benefit Analysis

The Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA impacts agencies obligation to consider cost in their decisions to regulate or not. All nine justices agree that the Administrative Procedure Act requires agencies to consider cost. Justice Scalia’s majority holds that “[a]gencies have long treated cost as a centrally relevant factor when deciding whether to regulate.”  Continue Reading »

Environmental Consequences of Marijuana Legalization

States that have legalized marijuana have seen a reduction in prosecutions and an increase in tax revenue, but they have also seen environmental consequences. In Colorado, where recreational marijuana use and cultivation became legal in 2014, marijuana growers are currently fighting to obtain water rights in order to irrigate their crops. Colorado only issues water  Continue Reading »

Apple Makes iPhone 6s and 6s Plus More Eco-friendly

Although you may have read about the latest iPhone’s new features and better camera, you may not have read that the latest models, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, are more environmentally friendly than previous models. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are being produced with 14 to 16 percent reduced carbon emissions compared  Continue Reading »