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US federal courts have struck down new fossil fuel projects in recent years, citing environmental agencies’ flawed assessments of their greenhouse gas impacts. These decisions have, in part, relied on math provided by SEI research.

SEI Senior Scientist Peter Erickson, a longtime researcher in this area, and Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman co-produced a report outlining the better and potentially simpler ways to evaluate the emissions connected to new fossil fuel infrastructure.

By applying the three principles they propose, the authors believe that federal agencies could better fulfil legal obligations while also helping align new energy infrastructure with climate goals.