U.S. Environmental Law under the Trump Administration


U.S. Environmental Law under the Trump Administration

Level 2, Room 221
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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Convenor: Professor Jacqueline Peel, Melbourne Law School.

The advent of modern environmental law in the United States beginning in 1970 was made possible because of a bipartisan consensus on the importance of protecting the public health and preserving the nation’s natural resource heritage. Over the ensuing decades, several efforts by presidents or congressional leaders to alter those basic commitments ran aground. Attacks on core environmental legislation such as the Endangered Species Act failed, and laws such as the Clean Air Act were strengthened, even under Republican presidents.

The election in 2016 of Donald Trump as President dramatically changed this landscape. The bipartisan consensus in favor of environmental protection has been shattered and the likelihood of radical reform that fundamentally weakens U.S. environmental law is significant. This presentation will review the steps that President Trump’s Administration, backed by Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, have already taken and have promised to take. If implemented, these changes will make U.S. environmental law unrecognizable to anyone familiar with its substance and process over the past half century.


  • Professor Robert L. Glicksman
    Professor Robert L. Glicksman, George Washington University