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Re-Imagining Environmental Governance: The Future of Environmental Law

March 29, 2019 Blog
ELI Vibrant Environment Blog

Not to dwell on the past, but I have been struck of late reading obituaries of certain leading figures in environmental law by a recurrent theme, which is essentially captured by the following quote: “This was an old-school environmentalist, when Republicans and Democrats all agreed the environment should be protected.”

In turn, this led to thinking about presidential administrations over the years, from the late 1960s until now, and how those administrations and Congress recognized the importance of environmental protection, and how their efforts to do so were certainly not without argument and advocacy on the substance and interpretation of statutes, regulations, and rulemaking, but were collaborative and with a higher purpose in mind.

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