The Environmental Forum

Volume 38 Issue 1

January-February 2021

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Preparing for Climate Disasters

LEAD FEATURE With new funding to reduce risks before calamity strikes, the Biden administration has an opportunity to ensure that state and local governments have the resources and capacities needed for effective mitigation projects that will meet multiple community needs.

By David J. Hayes, Jessica Grannis and Sarah Greenberger
NYU School of Law, National Audubon Society, National Audubon Society

With SIDEBARs from the Louisiana governor’s office and the National Wildlife Federation

Handprints v. Footprints

CENTERPIECE The information, communications, and technology sector has a recognized energy and climate footprint. But it is the only sector to have a significant “handprint” as well, the ability to enable it — and other sectors — to reduce global warming impacts.

By Stephen Harper
Intel Corporation

With a SIDEBAR from Nanette Lockwood of Trane Technologies

Can Biden Get the Job Done?

COVER STORY “Build us back better” has become his slogan and foreshadows both his environmental aspirations and his starting point, with many of the Obama-Biden administration’s achievements undercut or undone and huge challenges looming.

By Jeremy Bernstein

With SIDEBARs from Lynn Scarlett and Robert Sussman

An Aide for the Ages

TESTAMENT Fifty years ago, it took not only great politicians like Democrat Edmund Muskie and Republican Howard Baker to get the signal pollution statutes passed by huge, bipartisan majorities, it took superb staff work. Leon G. Billings ensured the laws were powerful, implementable, enforceable — and able to adapt to new challenges.

By Joel K. Goldstein
St. Louis University School of Law
The Debate: Environment 2021: What Comes Next?

In late 2019, research staff at the Institute began hearing from the profession and other members of the ELI community a desire for an update on what they saw as highly important changes coming from many sources in the pollution and conservation arena through rulemakings, executive orders, enforcement decisions, and other means. The result was Environment 2021: What Comes Next?

In its wake, ELI’s annual Policy Forum took stock of the dramatic actions of the Trump administration in the environmental space, but panelists were also forward-looking. What aspects of the administration’s work may prove durable? What aspects are likely to change?

By Seema Kakade, James McElfish, Granta Nakayama and Vickie Patton
University of Maryland, Environmental Law Institute, King & Spalding, Environmental Defense Fund
By: David P. Clarke

Biden’s Clean Energy Revolution Will Need Existing Law, FERC.

By: Craig M. Pease

Check List for Good Science Policy in Incoming Biden Administration.

By: Linda K. Breggin

Voters Support Green Measures in Reduced Popular Referendum Field.

By: Sally R.K. Fisk

A Fresh Perspective on the Role of Corporate Culture in Performance.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Trying a Whole-of-Government Approach to Climate Change.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Rolling Back the Reg Rollbacks: A Long-Distance Race With Hurdles.

By: Bruce Rich

Carbon Bombing the Future: The World's Largest Offshore Project.

By: Oliver Houck

King Coal: The Two Faces of a Most Critical Mineral.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

Radio Telescopes & Space Pollution.

By: Akielly Hu

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes wins ELI Award.

By: Rebecca Kihslinger

Improving Compensatory Mitigation Project Review Through Best Practices.

By: Scott Fulton

Out with the Old, in With the New.