Richard B. Stewart

Richard B. Stewart has taught and written on environmental and administrative law for 35 years, first at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government and, since 1992, at New York University School of Law where he heads the Center on Environmental and Land Use Law. From 1989 to 1991 he served President George H. W. Bush as Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Justice, where he led the prosecution of Exxon for the Exxon Valdez oil spill and played a central role in the development of the 1992 Rio Climate Change Convention. He is a longtime trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund, serving as its Chairman from 1981 to 1983. He has written extensively on economic incentives for environmental protection and federalism issues in environmental policy.

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Why Congress must revise the Clean Air Act

Most Americans breath dirty air — in many places, levels of pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and ozone are in violation of federal air quality standards. And now, those standards are getting even stronger, which will put even more of the country out of compliance: EPA recently upped standards for nitrogen dioxide and is working on strengthening limits for other pollutants. But to make real improvements in air quality without breaking the bank, what is called for is not another round of top-down regulation, but an update of the Clean Air Act to allow strong market-based solutions.   Progress on cleaning our …

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