Wondering What This Election Could Mean to the Environment and Environmental Law? Watch “Election 2020” from EarthxTV's Law & Nature to Discover the Potential Implications

Nov 4, 2020 12:30 PM ET
Press Release

DALLAS, November 4, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Law & Nature: Discussions of Environmental Law & Policy Developed by the EarthxLaw Advisory Council, a new series on Trammell Crow’s EarthxTV, filmed a special “Election 2020” episode featuring an insightful dive into what the outcomes of the election could mean for the future of environmental law and the environment. The episode is available on EarthxTV OnDemand on November 9, 2020.

“The outcome of this election cycle is expected to be unprecedented and will greatly impact the future of the environment and environmental law,” said Jeff Civins, chair of the EarthxLaw Advisory Council and Senior Counsel, Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. “And this includes more than the presidential election – it is both the federal and state House and Senate elections too. These could have long-lasting implications for our country and the world and how we operate our businesses and live our lives.”

The show’s panelists – who are among some of the country’s leading environmental law thought leaders –  tackled a vast array of environmental law issues that a new administration could potentially face, including climate change, environmental justice, executive orders and regulations, the Congressional Review Act, enforcement, WOTUS, NEPA reform infrastructure development, renewable energy, California cars, nuclear, public lands, judicial appointments, to name a few.

“Election outcomes have a profound impact on the environment,” said Trammell S. Crow, President of the Crow Family Foundation and Founder of EarthX. “I have been an environmentalist since I first learned the word at age 10. And when I began to realize how dire the environmental threats are to my children and future generations, I began supporting environmental organizations and politicians who understand that the best environmental solutions will come not from simply government regulation, but from market-driven, business-led innovations.”

Panelists included prominent environmental law thought leaders John Cruden, Principal, Beveridge and Diamond, former Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Environmental and Natural Resources Division; Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute and former EPA General Counsel; and  Seth Jaffe, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, and author of the environmental blog lawandenvironment.com

Panelists also engaged in a lively roundtable discussion about the differences between the two presidential candidates on varying topics from water quantity to fracking to climate change, and weighed in on some things to expect from the candidates if elected. The panelists will get together again post-election to take another look at what the election might mean for the future of environmental law sometime later this year.

EarthxLaw’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Council

●       Jeff Civins, Chair, Senior Counsel, Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law (Austin)

●       James Bruen, Of Counsel, Farella Braun + Martell LLP, (San Francisco)

●       John C Cruden, Principal, Beveridge and Diamond (Washington DC)

●       Charles A. De Monaco, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP (Pittsburgh)

●       Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University Law School (New Haven)

●       Brent Fewell, Founder, Earth & Water Law, LLC (Washington, D.C.)

●       Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute (Washington, D.C.)

●       Avi S. Garbow, Environmental Advocate, Patagonia, Inc. (Washington, D.C.)

●       Allan Gates, Member, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC (Little Rock)

●       Jean M. Flores, Founding Partner, Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C. (Dallas)

●       Pamela M. Giblin, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Leadership Council (Austin)

●       Tracy D. Hester, Professor, University of Houston Law Center (Houston)

●       Seth D. Jaffe, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP (Boston)

●       Melinda E. Taylor, Professor, Senior Lecturer and Executive Director, University of Texas  School of Law (Austin)

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival, and is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. EarthxTV, which launched in September 2020, is a web-based platform for balanced, inclusive environmental conversations, programs, emerging media and films. Founded in 2011 by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. Earthx2020 was held virtually in April and drew over 550,000 visitors worldwide. Visit www.EarthX.org or follow us @earthxorg on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.