Doug Kendall

Doug Kendall is president of Constitutional Accountability Center.

Climate & Energy

The Supreme Court’s latest greenhouse-gas ruling is a 97% victory for the environment

One doesn’t typically associate Justice Antonin Scalia with environmental victories, but Monday's decision in a case against EPA is just that.


How little-known judges could thwart Obama’s climate plans

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit holds great power over implementation of environmental laws -- and it's packed with conservatives.

Attractive Nuisance

Can federal courts help tackle global warming?

If Congress and the president fail to tackle global warming, can courts step in? Can federal judges allow people struggling with the losses of global warming to sue polluters directly? The idea may at first seem crazy. In a legal world obsessed with claims of judicial activism, the image of a judge taking on a global problem like climate change seems like the punch line to a bad joke at an Exxon board meeting. But it turns out there is a long and proud history of judges addressing pollution in the absence of environmental regulation. For much of the last …

The Stevens Method

Justice Stevens’ pro-environmental legacy embodies a simple approach: follow the law

Following last Friday’s announcement that Justice John Paul Stevens will retire from the Supreme Court at the end of this term, President Obama hailed the Court’s most senior Justice as “an impartial guardian of the law.” This description is certainly accurate, and is perhaps best illustrated by Justice Stevens’ numerous rulings in environmental cases. First, it is worth remembering that Justice Stevens came to the Court in 1975, at the dawn of the modern environmental movement and amid a heady time for environmentalists in the courts. Just a few years earlier, in a dissent from the landmark case Sierra Club …

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