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Former President Trump may have thought the judicial branch would be his salvation, but federal courts have by and large ruled against his administration’s positions in litigation, sticking to the letter of the environmental and administrative law, Marianne Lavelle writes for Inside Climate News. Lavelle argues (persuasively) that federal judges are helping the Biden administration reverse the Trump legacy on conservation and climate issues, citing three key factors — the Trump lawyers’ “ineptitude, the skill of the environmental bar, and industry’s desire to work with the new administration.”
Why This Matters: As Biden’s Domestic Climate Coordinator Gina McCarthy put it, “In the courts, even with the new appointees under the Trump administration as judges, we still won over and over and over again, because there is a law in our country. And when you put on that black robe, you tend to want to do your job.” Oyez!
But, but, but…the current winning streak could end once Trump-appointed judges start hearing cases about Biden administration regulations and policies. Trump appointees could overturn government actions on climate that lack explicit authority from Congress. They have numbers — Trump appointees fill one-third of the seats on appellate courts, including three Supreme Court Justices. Read the whole article here — it’s worth your time.
The Biden administration is hoping to move the United States into the electric vehicle era through massive investments in incentives to get EVs on the road as well as the build-out of 500,000 EV charging stations across the country. Yet this revolution is reliant upon Americans making the switch to EVs in mass numbers. As […]
Recently, Transportation for America’s Director Beth Osborne sat down to speak with former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (now, Chief Policy Officer at Lyft) about how a massive investment in infrastructure can address inequality and provide innovative transportation solutions for a multitude of communities. From micro mobility, to reassessing freeways, and the expansion of public transit, […]
This week we sat down with Congressman Ted Lieu who represents California’s 33rd Congressional district. His district also happens to be one of the most climate-vulnerable regions in the nation where wildfires, extreme heat, and sea-level rise are creating conditions that necessitate comprehensive climate action from the federal government. More specifically, the Congressman told us […]
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