A New Administration Brings Major Changes to Federal Climate Policy

By Robert Stavins and Dan Esty; Resources for the Future; February 24, 2021

RFF University Fellow and Harvard Professor Robert N. Stavins recently hosted Yale Professor Daniel Esty on an episode of the Environmental Insights podcast, to talk about what the election of President Joe Biden means for climate policy. The two scholars, both members of RFF's Board of Directors, discuss the history of environmental policy since the George H. W. Bush administration, the priorities of key figures in the Biden administration, and prospects for significant environmental legislation in a sharply divided Congress.

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Power-sharing and the Barrett nomination: Delay a vote to protect democracy

By Dan Esty; The Hill; October 25, 2020

Our Constitution has proven to be an amazing document. It provides a framework for governing a diverse people spread across a wide-ranging land. Its enduring success derives from a structure of power sharing that we call "checks and balances" reinforced by long-established norms and unwritten rules that shape the exercise of political control.

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