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Alejandro Camacho, Robert L. Glicksman | January 21, 2020

Trump Is Trying to Cripple the Environment and Democracy

The Trump administration has fired the latest salvo in its never-ending assault on environmental safeguards: a proposal from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to overhaul its regulations governing federal agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Alejandro Camacho, Robert L. Glicksman | October 22, 2019

How to Improve Allocations of Regulatory Authority

Originally published on The Regulatory Review. Reprinted with permission. Ever since Ronald Reagan declared government to be the problem rather than the solution, the federal bureaucracy has been the target of criticism from right-leaning think tanks, regulatory skeptics in academia, and politicians of all political persuasions. Lately, members of the federal judiciary have visibly joined […]

Alejandro Camacho, Robert L. Glicksman | October 4, 2019

Trump’s Decision to Hamstring California’s Climate Authority Is Illogical and Uninformed

Originally published in The Revelator. Reprinted under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. For five decades California and the federal government have worked together in an innovative exercise in federalism aimed at achieving cleaner air. California has played an important role in controlling greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, particularly from motor vehicles. […]

Robert L. Glicksman | July 9, 2019

Kisor v. Wilkie: A Reprieve for Embattled Administrative State?

Originally published by The George Washington Law Review. Reprinted with permission. Imagine a world in which administrative agencies whose actions are challenged in court are afforded little respect and even less deference from reviewing courts. Imagine further that congressional efforts to vest authority in these agencies to act as guardians of public health and safety, […]

Alejandro Camacho, Robert L. Glicksman | April 11, 2019

A Defeat on Offshore Drilling Extends the Trump Administration’s Losing Streak in Court

Originally published by The Conversation. The Trump administration's push to boost fossil fuel extraction has received a major setback. On March 29, Judge Sharon Gleason of the U.S. District Court for Alaska ruled invalid Trump's order lifting a ban on oil and gas drilling in much of the the Arctic Ocean and along parts of […]

Robert L. Glicksman | July 19, 2018

The Hill Op-Ed: Trump’s Policies Blasting at the Foundations of Conservation in Public Land Law

This op-ed originally ran in The Hill. Last month, two Inspectors General issued scathing reports about their departments' behavior. The Justice Department's IG got all the attention, while largely overlooked was a disturbing report from the Interior Department IG, who concluded that the agency had no reasonable rationale for halting a major study of the health risks of […]

Robert L. Glicksman | July 5, 2017

Murr v. Wisconsin: The ‘Whole Parcel’ Rule Prevails, At Least in This Regulatory Takings Case

Originally published by the George Washington Law Review How should a court assessing a regulatory takings claim define the “property” allegedly taken to assess the degree of the economic impact the regulation has on it? That question has plagued the Supreme Court for nearly a century, with different and conflicting answers emerging, sometimes in relatively rapid […]

Robert L. Glicksman | May 1, 2017

Trump’s Environmental Steamroller Bears Down on National Monuments

Donald Trump's antagonism toward environmental and natural resource protections seems to know no bounds, legal or otherwise. Among his latest targets are our national monuments, which include some of the most beautiful and historically, scientifically, culturally, and ecologically important tracts of federally owned lands. During the reign of destruction the president has unleashed in his […]

Robert L. Glicksman | March 2, 2017

No, They Don’t, Mr. Pruitt

In his first speech upon assuming his duties as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt informed the agency’s employees that “regulators exist to give certainty to those that they regulate.” No, Mr. Pruitt, they do not. Regulators and the regulations they are responsible for adopting and enforcing exist to protect the public interest. In particular, they exist […]