What Happens if the U.S. Remains in the Paris Agreement?
If the Trump Administration chooses to remain in the Paris Agreement, it will be fascinating to see how the administration participates in its implementation. Here's a guide to some of the key legal and political questions.
Let’s Not Burn The Paris Agreement To Save It
Today on Take Care, Professor Ann Carlson offers a provocative idea. She suggests that we should be rooting—alongside EPA administrator Scott Pruitt—for the Trump Administration to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords. Here’s a less provocative take: No, we shouldn’t.
What Do We Really Gain if the U.S. Stays in the Paris Agreement?
Trump already has eviscerated U.S. climate policy. Leaving the Paris Agreement would thus do little harm, while remaining would provide Trump with a fig leaf to obfuscate the damage he is doing. From an environmentalist point of view, the U.S. might be better off if Trump withdraws.
Updates | The Week of May 8, 2017
Uncertainty remains about the future of the United States' commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. Debate over the status of twenty-seven National Monuments heated up as the comment period for the Interior Department's review opened.
Updates | The Week of May 1, 2017
President Trump continues to debate pulling out of the Paris Agreement. He has been sued for trying to undo two of President Obama’s decisions withdrawing millions of acres of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from future oil and gas speculation.
Can President Trump Rewrite the Past?
In an executive order last week, President Trump purported to rewrite the text of two of President Obama’s decisions that withdrew millions of acres of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from future oil and gas speculation. Today, a group of environmental organizations has argued in court that Trump can’t just pretend the past never happened.
Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017
This week, the March for Science took place in cities around the world — the Trump Administration was the recipient of heavy criticism.
Calculating Costs and Defining Our Future
The March for Science reminded us that cutting funding to science today harms generations to come. Yet there is also another, subtler way the Trump Administration threatens to impose future costs on young people: the way in which it calculates costs themselves in cost-benefit analyses essential to our administrative state.
Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017
The Trump Administration spent the week making moves to undo Obama-era environmental regulations while advocates have challenged the constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act.
Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017
The Trump administration continues to consider pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement. Budget cuts and a deregulatory agenda threaten long-running EPA programs.
Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017
President Trump has taken a lot of action dismantling Obama-era environmental regulations. Environmental groups have been just as active in filing suit in response.
Why California Stands in the Way of Trump's EPA
President Trump recently announced that EPA will reconsider fuel efficiency standards. But so long as California remains free to set its own, more protective standard, Trump's decision may not matter very much. And the law is squarely on California's side.
It is time for progressives to embrace federalism and to use Supreme Court precedents protecting states’ rights to fight against Trump administration policies
Why The Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Can Be Challenged in Court
The State Department's decision authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline raises a profound question about when courts can review agency action based in presidential power. The answer to that question has major implications for the rule of law.
Updates | The Week of March 20, 2017
The Trump administration is poised to end Obama-era environmental protections. Some argue the Environmental Protection Agency cannot lawfully gut climate change regulations. Plus we saw a glimpse into President Trump’s EPA appointees.
Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017
President Trump signed an order rolling back many Obama-era climate change policies. Take Care covered this executive order extensively.