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Parts Per Billion is Bloomberg Law's environmental policy podcast. We cover everything from air pollution, to toxic chemicals, to corporate sustainability, and climate change. The reporters from our environment desk offer an inside look at what's happening at Congress, in the courts, and at the federal agencies, and help explain the scientific and policy debates shaping environmental laws and regulations. Host: David Schultz

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Parts Per Billion is Bloomberg Law's environmental policy podcast. We cover everything from air pollution, to toxic chemicals, to corporate sustainability, and climate change. The reporters from our environment desk offer an inside look at what's happening at Congress, in the courts, and at the federal agencies, and help explain the scientific and policy debates shaping environmental laws and regulations. Host: David Schultz

    Supreme Court Fills Up Docket With Environmental Cases

    Supreme Court Fills Up Docket With Environmental Cases

    The Supreme Court has not been shy about wading into some pretty thorny environmental disputes. Including the two cases it took up last week, the justices now have six environmental cases outstanding on their docket.
    On this episode of our weekly podcast, Parts Per Billion, we hear from Bloomberg Law's Ellen M. Gilmer, who summarized all of these cases and broke down their individual story lines. She also talks about arguments in a climate change case that the Supreme Court will hear one day before President-elect Biden will officially take office.

    • 15 min
    Carbon Capture Gets Federal Money, But Is It Needed?

    Carbon Capture Gets Federal Money, But Is It Needed?

    Tucked away in the stimulus bill that the President just signed was nearly half a billion dollars for research into carbon capture technology.
    On this episode of our weekly environmental podcast, Parts Per Billion, we hear from Bloomberg Law's Bobby Magill about why this money was added into to the bill, where it will go, and why it probably won't make a significant dent in our climate change problem.

    • 12 min
    Save the Everglades, Eat Python for Christmas Dinner

    Save the Everglades, Eat Python for Christmas Dinner

    Invasive Burmese pythons are becoming a real problem in Florida’s everglades, where they have no natural predators and are causing plummeting populations of native species like foxes and rabbits. State wildlife officials have encouraged the hunting of these massive snakes, but the problem still persists.
    Now, according to Bloomberg Law correspondent Jennifer Kay, officials are trying a different tack: convincing Sunshine Staters to start eating python meat.
    On the latest episode of our weekly environmental podcast, Parts Per Billion, Jennifer explains to us why Florida is getting increasingly desperate to eliminate pythons and whether encouraging Floridians to eat snakes could actually work.

    • 17 min
    Biden Environmental Plan Rests on the Backs of Lawyers

    Biden Environmental Plan Rests on the Backs of Lawyers

    The Biden administration is staffing up quickly and it seems like there's a new headline almost every day about the President-elect's choice for one cabinet position or another. But less attention is being paid to the lower-level attorneys, even though the new administration's entire environmental agenda largely depends on them.
    On this episode of our weekly environmental podcast, Parts Per Billion, we talk to Bloomberg Law's Ellen M. Gilmer about how these regulatory attorneys will be trying to help their agencies win in court and about how the attorneys can avoid getting a reputation as a sort of statutory killjoy.

    • 16 min
    Electric Vehicles Good for Climate, Bad for Taxation

    Electric Vehicles Good for Climate, Bad for Taxation

    Teslas and other electric vehicles may be helping to solve the problem of climate change, but they're also creating a new problem for state and federal transportation budgets. That's because these budgets are funded largely from revenue generated by taxes on gasoline.
    But if gas-fueled cars are being phased out, where will funding come from build new roads or even just to maintain existing ones? We posed this question to Sahas Katta, the CEO of an automobile tech startup who is working with several states on developing new ways to tax vehicle use. Katta spoke to Bloomberg Law correspondent Michael Bologna.

    • 19 min
    Firefighting Gear Opens a New Front in PFAS Legal War

    Firefighting Gear Opens a New Front in PFAS Legal War

    Much of the litigation over toxic PFAS chemicals, at least thus far, has focused on the spraying of PFAS-laden firefighting foam. But now, a new avenue of lawsuits has opened up over the use of PFAS-coated firefighting gear.
    Bloomberg Law reporters Andrew Wallender and Fatima Hussein join our weekly environmental podcast, Parts Per Billion, to talk about suits over these jackets, gloves, and other protective equipment. And they also explain why some of the firefighters filing the suits are now at odds with their own firefighting unions.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

duckstew1234567890 ,

A little disappointing

I’m a little disappointed in the recent episode from 1.13.21. Singling out Jay Leno to fit your narrative regardless of your parent company is irresponsible. Let’s address the actual issue with ethanol fuel does cause poor performance of the vehicle’s mechanics in many models of vehicles. And not just the classic models that Jay loves but in many modern vehicles as well.

What you’re failing to acknowledge here is that ethanol is supported as an initiative by several wealthy, big companies and sure may benefit the farmers to some degree but overall isn’t a prime fuel choice. There are better fuel alternatives that exist within the renewable energy sector but don’t have the same support as Ethanol.

It just overall made your podcast go down a notch for me. You showed your bias and I’m not sure listening will be the same.

Aa85667 ,

Excellent pod

Interesting topics, compelling host. Would definitely recommend.

Ponterbee ,

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The most important new podcast to come out in years- I'll be waiting for each new episode with desperate impatience!

I used to think climate change happened some place else : where there's lots of snowfall, certain regions of Africa, or islands in the South Pacific ...

We just had the warmest winter ever here in Tucson- No snow covered the mountain tops to the north and east. The constant fluctuations in temperature have played havoc with our environment. The insects arrive with spring weather in early January, then get wiped out 36 hours later from another brief cold snap.

It's terrifying, it's real, and it's here. I'm just not very hopeful that the majority will be able to look around and wake up in time or not...

A vital podcast such as this can only help.

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