Policy on the environment, energy, and natural resources has seldom figured prominently in a presidential election, all the less so as time elapses since the first Earth Day. To judge by the more than twenty debates thus far in the current presidential campaign, it isn’t likely to be on top of the agenda this year. Although regulation itself has been featured in the campaign – recall the criticism of the new lightbulb efficiency standards and of the Solyndra bankruptcy, not to mention rejection of climate change science – broader topics in environmental policy have largely taken a back seat to jobs, the budget, the economy, and foreign relations. Yet environmental policy, properly constructed, can have a positive effect on all these concerns.
Environmental Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Michael B. Gerrard,
Science Heads List of Candidate Debate Queries,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/faculty_scholarship/3272