Environmental Law in the Trump Administration

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4 Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review 225 (2017)

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Robert V. Percival
EPA; environmental protection; greenhouse gas; Paris agreement; clean power plan; rulemaking; notice and comment; arbitrary and capricious; clean air; clean water; Trump administration; blood lead; Framework convention on Climate Change; climate change
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The election of Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States understandably horrified environmentalists. During his campaign for the presidency, Trump vowed to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and he pledged to kill EPA’s most significant new initiatives to control air and water pollution. Calling climate change a “hoax,” Trump promised to “cancel” the Paris Agreement that established a new framework for global efforts to respond to this problem. While it is too early to predict with confidence how environmental law will fare in the Trump administration, it is clear that it will be markedly different than it would have been if Hillary Clinton had been elected President. But because Trump truly is a Washington outsider who is beholden to neither of the two major political parties, he actually may have an opportunity to craft reforms that benefit both business and the environment. Whether or not he actually will do so is anyone’s guess.