U.S. Environmental Legislation

MarketWatch  Sep 11  Comment 
Faster economic growth is unlikely to reverse the current trend toward inequality and environmental degradation, writes Kenneth Rogoff.
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 7  Comment 
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttarakhand government to immediately shut down illegal hot mix plants for causing environmental degradation. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice ...
The Times of India  Aug 3  Comment 
SC also expressed concern over the environmental degradation due to such activities and asked the Centre to take a fresh look at the National Mineral Policy.
The Economic Times  Aug 2  Comment 
SC also expressed concern over the environmental degradation due to such activities and asked the Centre to take a fresh look at the National Mineral Policy.
TechCrunch  May 7  Comment 
 Last week hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest what they saw as the evisceration of environmental legislation and a rollback of US efforts to stem the tide of climate change. Protests in Washington, Boston, New York,...
Bulk Transporter  Jun 28  Comment 
On June 22, President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation to reform the nation's 40 year-old chemical management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), into...
Forbes  Jun 6  Comment 
Around the world, challenges abound, from environmental degradation to social and economic inequality, and so much more. How do we meet these challenges? By investing in the people and ideas that dare to create change.
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 15  Comment 
Environmental degradation along the route, dislocation of people, noise pollution, and regionally imbalanced development are potential pitfalls.
guardian.co.uk  Jan 7  Comment 
I see clutter (Suzanne Moore, G2, 7 January) more as a “symptom” than a “problem”. Clutter and consumerism are symptoms of excessively cheap products with the true price being paid somewhere else down the line in the form of exploitative...
Flightglobal  Dec 14  Comment 
Thirty years ago, environmental legislation banished the Hawker Siddeley Trident from Europe s skies. But the little tri-jet had more to offer than just a loud din.


Environmental legislation in the U.S. is a large topic, encompassing regulation of many aspects of the air, water, and land use.

  • Mining/Timber
  • Waterlands
  • chemicals

Reducing carbon emissions

With the increase in attention to global warming, carbon emissions have become a major target of government regulation both in the US and abroad.


  • US Politics
    • democrats historically favor regulation
  • Supreme court decisions
  • Science

Drilling Legislation

Increasing vehicle fuel efficiency

Driven by:

  • rising gas prices
  • politics
    • public opinion about global warming
    • democrats
  • global politics (instablity in middle east)
  • alternate fuel -- costs and availability
  • fall of US automakers


  • Japanese automakers -- Honda, Toyota, Nissan
  • alternate technology (electric cars)


  • US automakers - GM, Ford, Chrysler
    • analysts differ. increasing fuel economy may decrease profits, but analysts differ on whether this is significantly or not
    • "each 5% increase in fuel economy standards costing between $200 and $400 per vehicle, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache"
    • smaller vehicles less profitable
    • "Of the 11.4 million vehicles Detroit sold last year, 59% were trucks." (minivans, pickups, suvs)
  • alternate fuel? either/or?

Alternate fuels

US Environmental Legislation has often encouraged alternative fuels that have a smaller impact on the environment and are perceived as "green." These often Renewable Energy Sources include Corn, switch grass, wood fibers and many others.

Wetlands and Land Use Regulation

Through the Clean Water Act and subsequent Supreme Court decisions, the United States Government is able to claim jurisdiction over the regulation of "Waters of the US" - a term that has come to encompass wetland areas defined by certain hydrological and vegetative characteristics. The Army Corp. of Engineers serves as the federal government's primary regulator of these waters, and must review any development plans that propose to disturb a wetland area. Although this regulation theoretically hinders certain types of commercial activity in coastal areas, it does serve as a barrier to entry and a source of land value preservation. Home builders attempting to do business in coastal areas face a lengthy regulatory approval process prior to receiving permission to commence construction. Those who are able to do so should benefit from the scarcity that wetland regulation encourages.

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