U.S. Environmental Law in Transition

Earth Systems 108/208 & Law 2518  |  Spring 2017

Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:20pm in 200-303 (History Corner)

Description: This course offers an accessible survey of timely topics in environmental law and policy as the United States transitions presidential administrations. Taught by two practicing lawyers, the class introduces students from any background to the interactions between local, state, and federal environmental law as they apply to prominent policy issues. We will analyze major changes in federal policy, providing historical context for the transformations now underway in the laws and institutions that help shape environmental outcomes in the United States.

Co-taught with Stanford Law Professor and Environmental Law Clinic Director Debbie Sivas.

Tentative schedule: 

  • Class #01: Market failures, scientific knowledge, and public policy (April 2)
  • Class #02: California's vehicle waivers (April 11)
  • Class #03: U.S. climate policy and the Paris Agreement (April 18)
  • Class #04: The decline and fall of U.S. coal (April 25)
  • Class #05: Endangered species (May 2)
  • Class #06: Oil & gas production and pipelines (May 9) 
  • Class #07: The social cost of carbon (May 16)
  • Class #08: Federal lands and water (May 23)
  • Class #09: Censorship and whistleblowing (May 30)
  • Class #10: Federal agency and science budgets (June 6)