Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

November 3, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office

Energy and Environment

The Administration’s Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants has met resistance from some twenty utilities, states, and trade groups who are suing to reverse the rule. Fifteen states, two cities and environmental groups have teamed up with the EPA to defend the rule. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals will delay ruling on a request to stay the Clean Power Plan until after the Paris Climate talks in December. (Source: Roll Call)


The Senate passed a cybersecurity bill that incentivizes companies to share data with the government by offering them legal immunity if they share their data with the Department of Homeland Security. Critics say the bill will compromise privacy and not effectively prevent cybersecurity breaches. (Source: The Hill)

Intellectual Property

The Librarian of Congress posted new exemptions to copyright law that gives researchers and users greater access to software in cars, phones, medical devices and other products. The exemptions apply to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits breaking digital locks on software to explore computer code. (Source: National Public Radio)

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