Pope Francis praying

“First, it must be stated that a true right of the environment does exist, and for two reasons: First, because we human beings are part of the environment, we live in communion with it since the environment itself entails ethical limits which human activity must acknowledge and respect. Man, for all of his remarkable gifts… Keep reading →


The New York State Supreme Court has struck down a City ban of polystyrene containers. The ban was supported by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, but the Court found that the City didn’t fully look into the market for recycling the “soft foam” containers instead of banning them outright. You can get pretty… Keep reading →

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 31:  A sign is posted at a Shell gas station on October 31, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  Royal Dutch Shell reported a 32% decline in third quarter profits with earnings of $4.5 billion compared to $6.5 billion one year ago.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Japan v Zambia - International Friendly

The state of Florida has quietly banned the use of the words “climate change” and “global warming” from all official correspondence. First reported in an article by Tristram Korten, officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the same agency who is tasked to study the climate and prepare for natural disasters were told that… Keep reading →

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

Happy New Year, and welcome to the 114th Congress! As Congress returns this month to a changed political landscape with the Republican Party now in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, ML Strategies is pleased to continue our tradition of offering an Outlook for the new Congress. In addition to the… Keep reading →

A large excavator loads a truck with oil

Oil sands producers have been through oil price declines before and some are hoping economies of scale, along with innovation, can reduce costs enough to make it through the current market cycle. “Syncrude forecasts operating costs at C$45.69 ($38.07) per barrel in 2015. Oil sands crude trades at a discount to the West Texas Intermediate… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Ed. note: This is a new weekly column by Elie Mystal, Managing Editor of Above the Law Redline. This space will focus on the laws that exist, should exist, and should be put out of their misery. OVER-REGULATED Gaseous Emissions:  The Bureau of Land Management is trying to figure out whether to tax the venting and… Keep reading →

Bicycle Taxi In Paris

 What is the Status of National Processes to Define post-2020 Emission Reduction Targets? Last week, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the so-called ‘Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report’ of its fifth scientific climate assessment since 1990 thereby updating its 2007 climate assessment (Breaking Energy IPCC coverage here). You guessed right – according… Keep reading →

Mikhail Khodorkovsky Holds First Press Conference Since Prison Release

A European court ruled former Russian oil company Yukos’ shareholders are entitled to $50 billion because the Russian government illegally expropriated assets and orchestrated the firm’s demise. Collecting the money, however, will be no easy task. “It is the tribunal’s view that Yukos was the object of a series of politically-motivated attacks by the Russian… Keep reading →

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

Breaking Energy readers: Do you have experience working with lawyers who specialize in energy industry sectors? Does your company have relationships with law firms known for their energy practices? We want to hear your opinions on the relative strengths and weaknesses of law firms with energy practices. Click here to access our brief survey and… Keep reading →

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