January 01, 2017

Views from the Chair: A new year and a new era

Seth A. Davis

It’s “out with the old and in with the new” time again. But as we move into 2017, and into the first days of the Trump administration, the future for the environmental, energy, and natural resources area of law is unclear. For the past ten years or more we have lived in a state of deadlock at the federal level, with no legislation emerging from Congress (yes, the Lautenberg Toxic Substances Control Act law is an exception) and with regulations mired in endless litigation. But now comes a president who is at best a skeptic on climate change and who proposes to curtail federal regulatory activity, together with a Congress that seems inclined to give him his way.

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