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Injecting earthquakes

Dan Farber, professor of law | July 13, 2015

A recent study of injection wells and earthquakes got a lot of press, but the reports missed an important nuance.  The study, published in the June 19 edition of Science, found a definite connection between well injection and earthquakes. But there was an interesting wrinkle: “The scientists found that disposal wells were 1.5 times more likely to be … Continue reading »

Justice Thomas declares war on rulemaking

Dan Farber, professor of law | March 23, 2015

It didn’t get much attention, but Justice Thomas’s dissent two weeks ago in the Amtrak case was extraordinarily radical, even for him. The case involved a relatively obscure issue about the legal status of Amtrak. Justice Thomas used the occasion for a frontal attack on administrative law, including most of environmental law. The heart of … Continue reading »

Why defamation suit against climate denialists is the right move

Ethan Elkind, associate director, Climate Change and Business Program | August 25, 2014

One of the country’s leading climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann, has been harassed, threatened, and berated for his views that human actions are contributing to global climate change. But not just from anonymous commenters on websites — from leading publications like the National Review Online. After being compared to Jerry Sandusky and having the credibility … Continue reading »

The Roberts Court’s corporate romance

Dan Farber, professor of law | May 6, 2013

Forty years ago, before going on the Supreme Court, Lewis Powell wrote a call to arms for business interests, calling on them to counter “enemies of the free enterprise system” like Ralph Nader.  Among other things, he recommended a concerted campaign to influence the courts.  The campaign seems to have been a success. The New York … Continue reading »