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Thursday, 19th July 2007

Environmentalism's Legal Legacy

Environmentalism's Legal Legacy
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute

Environmental activists, policy scholars, and others claim that the environmental movement is in decline, suffering from attacks on the right on Capitol Hill and from the White House in recent years. Yet given some distinctive attributes associated with this issue, the progressive environmental cause is uniquely situated to ensure that it receives considerable attention in Washington. The result has been an uncommon expansion of government activity in a single issue area. And despite claims to contrary, progressive environmental policy making has continued to gain ground even in recent times—even under Republican leadership.

This paper highlights legislative expansion of environmental law. It uses several datasets to document the growth of the environmental legal legacy.

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