Why Is Environmental Policy So Hard to Implement?

It's not just a lack of willpower—environmental policymakers face many procedural barriers making it really difficult for them to succeed.



Have you ever read a full bill?

Why is it so difficult to achieve effective environmental policy in the United States? Is it just a lack of willpower, or is there a little more to it? Today, we explore some of the lesser-discussed procedural barriers to environmental policy development such as the amendment process, the recent preference for omnibus bills, and certain state preemptions, and consider if there are ways around these challenges to allow for more innovative, nuanced, and popular environmental policy in the future. With special guest David Johnson: Lecturer in Law at Stanford University.

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