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Rand Paul versus clean water

Dan Farber, professor of law | March 17, 2014

Rand Paul recently won a big victory in the straw poll held by CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.  In the environmental area, his signature measure is the Defense of Environment and Property Act. On its surface, the goal of the law is to cut back on federal jurisdiction over wetlands. The bill would drastically cut back on … Continue reading »

When cooking can kill

Dan Farber, professor of law | January 17, 2014

Cooking dinner, as it turns out, is one of the most serious public health and environmental problems in the world. There’s a common misperception that environmental concerns are just a First World luxury.  But the cookstove example shows that the global poor, too, are in need of better, more efficient, less polluting energy sources. Here … Continue reading »

Accounting for the harm of coal

Dan Farber, professor of law | September 30, 2011

Much of the effort to rollback current EPA regulations focuses on coal-fired electrical power plants.  An article in the August issues of the American Economic Review sheds light on the issues at stake.  “Environmental Accounting for Pollution in the United States Economy” is an effort to assess the damages caused by various polluting activities. The … Continue reading »