Ensuring the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”
President Trump installed an opponent of the Environmental Protection Agency to run it, and will soon confront major policy choices—including whether to respect U.S. obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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.
Loudly withdrawing from the Paris Agreement would deal the process a symbolic blow. But it’s hard to see the Trump Administration’s attack on the Clean Power Plan and increased fuel economy standards as anything other than a withdrawal in all but name
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.
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.