ABA Publishes Charles Franklin Co-Write on Environmental Action and the 114th Congress

In its newsletter Trends, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources has published “Environmental action and the 114th Congress: Movement at the margins,” an article by Akin Gump environment and natural resources senior counsel Charles Franklin and University of Houston Law Center professor Tracy Hester.

The article outlines the potential impact of the midterm elections on legislative action involving environmental, energy and natural resources issues as well as which issues are most likely to receive significant attention at the congressional committee level.  The authors note that while “historic levels of acrimony between the parties will likely make substantive legislation difficult to achieve on any issue in the lead-up to the 2016 elections…much room remains for important environmental work in the legislative margins where initiatives outside the public spotlight have the potential to generate substantive results.”

Among the candidates for activity on environmental and energy topics despite what the authors term “legislative rigor mortis” are regulatory reform, energy efficiency and export policy, and reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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