04/22/2021 - Appearances - Faculty - Federal Policy Analysis

The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days: Undoing the Undoing of Environmental Protection Law

by Jody Freeman, Richard Lazarus

On April 8, Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus presented a webinar co-sponsored by EELP and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Their discussion focused on the efforts over the first hundred days of the Biden presidency to undo the Trump administration’s attempts to weaken environmental protection law, and to make headway in new climate and environmental protections. The presentation drew heavily on research from EELP, including our Regulatory Rollback Tracker.

Both Jody and Richard were involved in the Biden transition team. They presented an overview of Biden’s strategies to move environmental protection forward, which include the appointment of knowledgeable and experienced staff (including many Obama-era officials), short-term actions such as executive orders, and longer-term rulemaking processes that we can expect to see down the road. They also spoke about how the Biden administration hopes to address environmental justice issues.

EELP Fellow Hannah Perls moderated a question-and-answer session at the end of the talk.

Watch the full talk below!