Reversing Course on Environmental Justice under the Trump Administration

31 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2019 Last revised: 6 Nov 2019

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Uma Outka

University of Kansas - School of Law

Elizabeth Ann Kronk Warner

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2019

Abstract

This Article traces how policy reversals in the first years of the Trump Administration implicate protections for diverse, low-income communities in the context of environmental pollution and climate change. The environmental justice movement has drawn critical attention to the persistent inequality in exposure to environmental harms, tracking racial and income lines. As a result of decades of advocacy, environmental justice has become an established, if not realized, principle in environmental law. Shifting positions under the Trump Administration now undermine this progress. To illustrate, this Article uses three exemplary contexts — agency transition, environmental law implementation, and international relations on climate change — to outline the impacts of reversing course on environmental justice.

Suggested Citation

Outka, Uma and Kronk Warner, Elizabeth Ann, Reversing Course on Environmental Justice under the Trump Administration (April 1, 2019). Wake Forest Law Review, Forthcoming; University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 336. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3411291

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Elizabeth Ann Kronk Warner

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

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