The Great Compromise: House of the People

The House is one of the legislative chambers in Congress and drafts and proposes legislation. Representation in the House is based on population size: states with a larger population have more representatives making it the more democratic of the two chambers. Work is largely done through standing committees, each having a specific policy area such as agriculture, natural resources, etc.

Methane Regulation

The proposal for a Methane Regulation seeks to address and mitigate emissions of the greenhouse gas known as methane across the EU’s energy sector, tying into the EU’s broader climate objectives. It would be the first EU legislative proposal of its kind, imposing a range of obligations on the oil, gas, and coal sectors in the EU. It sets obligations on energy companies to monitor, report and reduce methane emissions but does not set reduction targets.

Climate Change: Another Victim Of The Politicization Of The Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has limited EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but leaves open options for the EPA to fight climate change. The ruling came as part of a series of rulings led by the new conservative supermajority. The basis of the ruling was the “major questions doctrine” which leaves other regulations potentially vulnerable.

Decarbonising EU’s Gas Market: Hydrogen

The legislative proposal seeks to find a middle ground between guaranteeing competition and encouraging private investment through a hybrid regulatory approach (market and non-market mechanisms). Regulatory principles utilised in gas and electricity markets can not be transposed onto hydrogen markets, and cross-subsidisation is not a viable long-term option. Market volatility means higher or possibly inaccessible costs to consumers. The proposal seeks to address this by adopting an integrated EU-wide approach to storage.

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FIT FOR 55 FACTSHEET: Land Use, Land Use Change And Forestry (LULUCF)

by Gabriella Locati “The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in November 2016 (“the Paris Agreement”). Its Parties have agreed to hold the increase in the global average temperature well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit...


Emissions Reduction Targets: The emissions reduction target would increase by 18%, to require 61% emissions reductions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. This would be done by raising the linear reduction factor from 2.2% to 4.2% per year, and a one-off reduction (re-basing) of the emissions cap; the new linear reduction factor will have the...

FIT FOR 55 FACTSHEET: Social Climate Fund

by Julia Wild Not mentioned. Definition for mobility poverty was added, referring to households that face high transport costs and/or limited access to affordable public or alternative modes of transport to meet essential socio-economic needs. Not mentioned. Focus on island Member States and outermost regions stating that an adequate minimum amount of funds shall be...