Strange Bedfellows: The Expansion of the Environmental Crimes Program during the Bush Administration

Environmental Forum, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 40-44, May/June 2008

6 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2008

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David M. Uhlmann

University of Michigan Law School

Abstract

The Bush administration has an abysmal environmental record, highlighted by its failure to take any meaningful steps to address global climate change and its systematic efforts to undermine environmental regulation. Yet, while environmental protection has suffered during the Bush administration, the Justice Department's environmental crimes program has expanded and now has more prosecutors than anytime in its 20-year history. The success of the environmental crimes program is difficult to reconcile with the administration's environmental record, but demonstrates the degree to which criminal enforcement programs often receive support across administrations - as well as the institutional resiliency of law enforcement programs, which are dominated by career prosecutors and investigators. "Stange Bedfellows" describes the surprising success of the environmental crimes program during the Bush administration and the challenges that still lie ahead for prosecutors and investigators of environmental crime.

Keywords: environment, environmental crimes, white collar crime, regulatory crime, administrative law, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, vessel pollution, hazardous materials transportation, worker endangerment, worker safety

JEL Classification: K14, K32, K42

Suggested Citation

Uhlmann, David M., Strange Bedfellows: The Expansion of the Environmental Crimes Program during the Bush Administration. Environmental Forum, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 40-44, May/June 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1124579

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