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Prof. Lazarus Assesses Recent Supreme Court Ruling

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA, what are the prospects for the EPA Mercury Rule? Perhaps even more significantly, what are the implications of that decision for the EPA as it defends the Clean Power Plan? Prof. Richard Lazarus addresses these questions in a column for the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Forum. […]

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Freeman and Lazarus in The Guardian: the legal and political challenges ahead

In an article published on August 5, Professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus argue that while the Clean Power Plan faces legal challenges, the political risks to the rule may be far greater. EPA’s rule, issued on August 3, sets the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air […]

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Professor Lazarus Shares Lessons from U.S. Environmental Law in Japan

At the University of Tokyo on July 9, Professor Richard Lazarus spoke before an audience of Japanese Supreme Court Justices, University of Tokyo law faculty and students, and the Chief Justice of the United States. Professor Lazarus described the present state of U.S. environmental law, highlighting both its successes and its current challenges. “Just as […]

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Freeman and Konschnik on the Clean Power Plan in The New York Times: A Climate Plan Businesses Can Like

In an op-ed published on August 3, Professor Jody Freeman and Kate Konschnik argue that “[m]any big players in the electric power industry will gain more with [ EPA’s Clean Power Plan ] in place than if the courts strike it down.” EPA’s Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from […]

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On CNN, Professor Lazarus Speaks Out Five Years After Gulf Oil Spill

On April 14, Professor Lazarus appeared on a CNN Special Report, Blowout: The Gulf Oil Disaster, marking five years since the Gulf Oil Spill. Lazarus, who served as Executive Director of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, described the “systemic failure” of BP, Halliburton, and Transocean that led […]

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Professors Freeman and Lazarus Debate Professor Tribe on the Clean Power Plan

Professors Freeman and Lazarus Debate Professor Tribe on the Clean Power Plan On March 17, 2015, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe testified before a House subcommittee that EPA’s Clean Power Plan sets the Agency off on “a constitutionally reckless mission.” He argued that the rule violates the Fifth and Tenth Amendments and the Separation […]

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In Politico, Freeman & Lazarus Say Tribe’s Attacks on EPA are “Completely Wrong”

Over the past week, Harvard Law School Professors Jody Freeman, Richard Lazarus, and Larry Tribe have been sparring over the constitutionality of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The debate began when Professor Tribe testified before Congress on March 17, 2015, arguing that EPA’s actions are akin to “burning the Constitution.” Professors Freeman and Lazarus quickly replied, […]

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Harvard Environmental Law Review Hosts Symposium on Climate Regulation

On February 27, 2015, the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Review (ELR) hosted a symposium on climate regulation under the Clean Air Act. The event focused on the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and its implications for future climate regulation, including EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The symposium was […]

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Professors Freeman and Lazarus Submit Amicus Brief in Support of EPA

On February 19, professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus submitted an amicus brief to Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The case challenges EPA’s authority under Clean Air Act section 111(d) to regulate carbon pollution from existing power plants. EPA issued a proposed rule in […]

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Lecturer Emily Broad Leib awarded Climate Change Solutions Fund grant

On February 11, 2015, seven grant winners of the inaugural Climate Change Solutions Fund were announced. The $20 million fund is designed to help tackle the challenge of climate change using the levers of law, policy, and economics, as well as public health and science. Emily Broad Leib, a lecturer at Harvard Law School and […]

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