What We Do

Advocacy

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

CSE is dedicated to promoting best practices for federal, state and local agencies who are legally bound to justify the economic basis for their decisions and demonstrate that they serve the public interest. To this end, we monitor, comment and if necessary challenge in court decisions that affect the well being of the nation’s economy and its citizens. These include decisions related to land and resource management and economic policy. We also help leaders in Congress, state legislatures as well as county and city councils and commissions analyze the impacts of innovative legislative approaches to solving our economic challenges. Our advocacy initiatives are grouped into three separate categories:

  • Litigation – CSE houses a team of experienced law fellows and expert witnesses that can help organizations hold public agencies accountable for their commitments to protect the environment, foster equity, and provide meaningful opportunities for public participation. We help develop and coordinate litigation strategies that advance sustainability initiatives and guard against threats to the quality of our environment and economy. Our fellows litigate under statues such as the federal National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Forest Management Act, Clean Water Act, Freedom of Information Act and their state level counterparts. Our experts bolster their work by supplying declarations in the fields of environmental economics, conservation biology, and planning.
  • Administrative processes – Public decisions and planning processes often require extensive involvement by interested parties and the expertise to decipher mountains of technical information. CSE’s environmental law, economics, and environmental policy fellows help organizations be effective in administrative processes that are often exceedingly complex. We prepare administrative level comments and appeals on both a programmatic and site-specific basis, and help organizations develop systems to monitor upcoming projects.
  • Legislative support - Making the transition to a sustainable society will require innovative legislative solutions in Congress and at the state and local levels. CSE helps develop and build support for these solutions by commenting on legislative language, providing comprehensive analysis of proposals, sponsoring educational forums for legislators, and testifying in hearings. While we do not lobby for or against specific legislative proposals, our broad expertise in economics and sustainability can help evaluate the efficacy of various approaches.

PROGRAM NEWS AND UPDATES

A simple message to Clean Energy Jobs Bill supporters: This is not a comprehensive climate solution

A simple message to Clean Energy Jobs Bill supporters: This is not a comprehensive climate solution

By John Talberth, Daphne Wysham, and Nick Caleb Climate change is one of the most daunting challenges humanity has ever faced and requires a commensurate policy response. A robust climate agenda would consist of a number of key interventions to holistically address the issue, including: Ramping down all major sources ... Read More
Portland’s Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Restrictions Do Not Violate the US Constitution

Portland’s Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Restrictions Do Not Violate the US Constitution

Oregon Court of Appeals Reverses Lower Court’s Decision Today, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed, in large part, a Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) decision that invalidated Portland’s landmark Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments, passed unanimously in December 2016. The Court ruled that Portland did not violate the Dormant ... Read More
Victory: World Bank Announces It Will Stop Financing Oil and Gas in 2019

Victory: World Bank Announces It Will Stop Financing Oil and Gas in 2019

Children try to get a drink of clean water downstream from a World Bank-financed coal-fired power plant. The river is contaminated by fly-ash dumped in the river. Children try to get a drink of clean water downstream from a World Bank-financed coal-fired power plant. The river is contaminated by fly-ash ... Read More

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