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The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law or the University of Michigan.

Climate Change Regulation Through Litigation: New York’s Investigation of ExxonMobil under the Martin Act

Posted by on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 in Environmental Law Review Syndicate, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Chris Erickson* In November 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began an investigation into whether ExxonMobil made public statements about climate change that conflicted with its own internal research.[1] Schneiderman issued a subpoena to ExxonMobil ordering production of documents related to its internal climate change research and the use of that research in […]

America First: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the Trump Administration

Posted by on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, MJEAL News, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Alexandra Noll* In November of 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. As part of his larger “America First” plan, and with the appointment of Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy, it became clear that there would be some changes to energy policy from the previous Administration. It became clear very […]

The Plausibility of Tort Action in the Face of a Costly Hurricane Season

Posted by on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 in Environmental Law, MJEAL News, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Josh LeVasseur* Since August of 2017, the United States was devastated by three major hurricanes.[1] Recovery from Harvey, Irma, and Maria is already estimated to cost more than $188 billion, and as of this writing, the crisis in Puerto Rico is still unfolding.[2] Given the enormous costs from these disasters, both human and economic, […]

Taking a “Hard Look” at the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

Posted by on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Timothy Featherston* Scott Pruitt, the current Head of the EPA, recently announced his intent to repeal the Obama era Clean Power Plan, which sought to limit the carbon emissions of power plants.[1] This announcement received fierce backlash. The Trump Administration not only received the expected resistance from the administration’s democratic opponents in Congress, but […]

Congress Imposes High Barriers for Consumers to Sue Big Financial Institutions

Posted by on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Irma Cruz* By repealing a rule enacted to help consumers sue large financial institutions, the GOP has unveiled their power to keep the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) from drifting away from Trump’s agenda. CFPB is one of the few agencies that has continued to be led by an Obama-era appointee and, consequently, this […]

An Achievable Climate Change Plan

Posted by on Monday, December 18th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | Comments Off on An Achievable Climate Change Plan

By Eric Ashby* A new study released in the Lancet medical journal paints a startling landscape. Environmental pollution is now deadlier than “all war and violence in the world.”[1] If one is still having trouble understanding the importance of this report, consider that pollution is killing more people than “smoking, hunger or natural disasters… [m]ore […]

The Dredge Report: A Port, Reefs, and A Righteous Lawsuit in Broward County, FL

Posted by on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Troy Epstein* My home county of Broward County, Florida, is a lot like its largest seaport, Port Everglades. Just as the port warmly embraces ships and products hailing from all corners of the globe, the county is the proud home of diverse human beings who themselves, or whose families, hail from near and far. […]

Trump Administration Wades into the Murky Legal Territory of the Clean Water Act

Posted by on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Tim Featherston*  President Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt, a long-time legal adversary of the EPA, to head the agency was seen as a clear sign of the administration’s intentions to roll back the environmental regulation put in place under the Obama Administration.[1] The first target appears to be the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the […]

Who Gets to Debate?

Posted by on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Tommy La Voy* Until 1988, televised presidential debates were organized on an ad-hoc basis, which left it an open question as to whether there would actually be a debate during every election.[1] There was no presidential debate in 1964.[2] Nor were there debates in 1968 or 1972, as Richard Nixon refused to participate.[3] In […]

The Movement Against the Dakota Access Pipeline: Where do we go from here?

Posted by on Monday, September 25th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By John Petoskey* On December 4th, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers—acting under the Obama Administration—announced that it would not be granting the easement for Dakota Access LLC to build a pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.[1] The corps instead changed course and moved to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and explore alternate routes.[2] An […]