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Citizens for Clean Energy v. U.S. Department of the Interior

ELR Case

A district court denied a request to vacate the Trump Administration's decision to lift the Obama Administration's moratorium on new coal leasing on public lands. Environmental groups, tribes, and states argued that BLM's issuance of a...

NEPA’s Trajectory: Our Waning Environmental Charter From Nixon to Trump?

ELR Article

Heralded in 1970 as the nation’s environmental Magna Carta, the National Environmental Policy Act’s (NEPA’s) luster seems faded and its future uncertain. While Trump Administration initiatives threaten to diminish further and perhaps...

OIRA’s Dual Role and the Future of Cost-Benefit Analysis

ELR Article

The role that cost-benefit analysis (CBA) plays in regulatory decisionmaking is at a crossroads, as is the role played by the agency that oversees its implementation, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The Trump...

No Road to Change: The Weaknesses of an Advocacy Strategy Based on Agency Policy Change

ELR Article

The Trump Administration has aggressively rolled back prior administrations’ environmental regulations and natural resource policies, and critics of this agenda have turned to the judiciary. A remarkable string of federal court...

S. Res. 537

ELR Congressional Update

H. Con. Res. 89

ELR Congressional Update

Resisting Regulatory Rollback in the Trump Era: The Case for Preserving CZMA Consistency

ELR Article

On March 11, 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to amend regulations that implement the Coastal Zone Management Act’s (CZMA’s) consistency requirement. This...

85 FR 5483

ELR Federal Agency Update

El Paso, Texas v. Trump

ELR Case

The Fifth Circuit blocked a preliminary injunction issued by a district court that had barred the Trump Administration from using military funds to build portions of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The district court had...

Bad Policy, Disastrous Consequences: Coal-Fired Power in Puerto Rico

ELR Article

In September 2019, in an article entitled “The Market Has Spoken: Coal Is Dying,” Matt Egan of CNN Business wrote, "President Donald Trump has gutted regulations on the coal industry, falsely claimed that windmills cause cancer and...