Kagan's Views on Environmental Issues Largely a Mystery

"When it comes to environmental law, [Supreme Court nominee Elena] Kagan's positions are largely a mystery, said Daniel Farber, an environmental law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Her writings suggest that she favors deference to presidential authority, he said -- a stance that would have different effects depending on the administration in power but could result in more expansive environmental regulation.

'We know just about nothing about her views on environmental issues,' Farber said. 'She's got very little paper trail.'

But there are indications that Kagan is sensitive to environmental issues, mostly from her time as dean of Harvard Law School."

Gabriel Nelson reports for Greenwire May 10, 2010.

See Also:

"Kagan Started Harvard Environmental Law Program" (USA TODAY)

"Elena Kagan, Climate Realist" (Grist)

"What We Know About Kagan and the Environment" (Legal Planet)

"Environmental Policy a Specialty of Obama's Solicitor General" (Greenwire 3/26/2009)

"Is Obama Justice Pick Elena Kagan Earth Friendly?" (Green Energy Reporter)

"A Supreme Court Nominee for the Global Warming Century" (Climate Progress)

"Citing No Evidence, Morris Calls Kagan an 'Extreme Leftist' on the Environment" (Media Matters)

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010