The Trump Administration and the Future of US Environmental Law

4 April 2017

Professor Robert L Glicksman, George Washington University Law School

Co-presented with the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney

A bipartisan consensus on the importance of protecting public health and the environment spurred the adoption of modern environmental law in the United States beginning in 1970. Despite several efforts over the decades by politicians to alter those commitments, core environmental legislation such as the Clean Air and Water Acts Act and the Endangered Species Act not only survived, but were strengthened.

The election of Donald Trump as President and of Republican congressional majorities Congress dramatically changed this landscape. The bipartisan consensus has been shattered and the likelihood of fundamental weakening of US environmental law is significant.

If the President and his legislative allies have their way, U.S. environmental law will become unrecognisable to anyone familiar with its substance and process over the past half century.

Professor Robert L Glicksman is the J B & Maurice C Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law at the George Washington University Law School, is an authority on environmental, natural resources, and administrative law. He is co-editor of the Elgar Encyclopaedia of Environmental Law: Decision Making in Environmental Law (2016), and co-author of books on risk regulation and environmental enforcement and of the leading treatise on US public natural resources law. He has also written extensively on climate change and environmental federalism.


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