The Breaking the Logjam Project

NYU Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 17, 2008

Breaking the Logjam: Environmental Reform for the New Congress and Administration Paper

17 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2009

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Katrina Wyman

New York University School of Law

Carol A. Casazza Herman

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law; Columbia University

Richard B. Stewart

New York University School of Law

David Schoenbrod

New York Law School

Abstract

This essay serves as an introduction to the Breaking the Logjam project, a joint undertaking of New York Law School and NYU School of Law to propose concrete and comprehensive reforms to federal environmental laws. It discusses the impetus for the project and the four guiding principles for environmental reform around which it was organized: (1) supplementing traditional hierarchical regulatory approaches with market and property-rights-like mechanisms, such as cap and trade and information disclosure, whenever these tools can reliably achieve environmental objectives; (2) realigning authority so that the federal government has responsibility for national and transnational environmental problems, and states and their subdivisions have responsibility for essentially local ones; (3) openly facing trade-offs in decision-making and ensuring that decisions are made on the basis of reliable information; and (4) approaching regulatory problems in a cross-cutting way that addresses underlying problems. The article then goes on to give brief synopses of Project articles published in the January 2009 issue of the NYU Environmental Law Journal, most of which were presented at the Breaking the Logjam Symposium held at NYU in March 2008.

Suggested Citation

Wyman, Katrina and Casazza Herman, Carol A. and Stewart, Richard B. and Schoenbrod, David, The Breaking the Logjam Project. NYU Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 17, 2008, Breaking the Logjam: Environmental Reform for the New Congress and Administration Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1367225

Katrina Wyman

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
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Carol A. Casazza Herman

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law ( email )

121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States

Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
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Richard B. Stewart

New York University School of Law ( email )

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David Schoenbrod (Contact Author)

New York Law School ( email )

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New York, NY 10013
United States
212-431-2339 (Phone)
212-431-9205 (Fax)

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