Conventional wisdom says that environmental groups are having a tough time winning cases these days under the California Environmental Quality Act. That’s because Republican-appointed judges — state courts are currently filled with them — are not supposed to be well-disposed toward environmentalists. According to the same conventional wisdom, the state Supreme Court discourages environmental activism under CEQA, and that after almost 30 years, all the basic issues have been settled.

Guess what? Conventional wisdom is wrong.