Author Archives: Bruce Huber

More on Federal Coal Leasing

by Bruce Huber — Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Late last week President Obama announced a three-year moratorium on new coal leases on federal land. The moratorium was effected by an order from the pen of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and it has already come under attack by congressional Republicans (I know! I was shocked, too). Several days ago, I wrote some introductory comments […]

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On Federal Coal Leasing

by Bruce Huber — Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Those of you who look for interesting news headlines buried in your Friday news feeds will have found quite an interesting little nugget on the front end of this MLK weekend. The Obama administration made good on a State of the Union hint and announced that it is initiating a moratorium on new coal leases […]

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Regulation is a Dirty Word

by Bruce Huber — Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

I’m sure that readers of the Yale Journal of Regulation (and its blog) have by now realized that the Journal’s central subject is under sustained attack. Ben Carson, during last week’s debate among the GOP presidential contenders, had this to say about regulation: And — and — you know, it goes back to the whole […]

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A Yucca Mountain Update

by Bruce Huber — Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

I’ve previously written here about some of the craziness surrounding Yucca Mountain, the once-and-future federal nuclear waste repository in Nye County, Nevada. That was the better part of a year ago, and it’s time for an update. First, a brief refresher. Since about the 1960s, nuclear power has been a substantial piece of the electricity […]

What King v. Burwell Means For Environmental Law

by Bruce Huber — Friday, June 26, 2015

Ok, I confess that the title to this post is a bit grandiose. At a minimum, we’ll have much more material on which to base our prognostications about the legality of the Clean Power Plan after Michigan v. EPA is decided on Friday or Monday. But I can’t resist accepting Chris Walker’s invitation to think for just […]

More on FERC and Demand Response

by Bruce Huber — Tuesday, May 19, 2015

As Andy Hessick noted a few posts back, the Supreme Court recently granted cert in an important energy law case. FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association deals with FERC’s attempt to create a demand response program at the wholesale level. This is an issue that I’ve blogged about before; other scholars have written some great […]

Wrapping Your Head Around the Clean Power Plan

by Bruce Huber — Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015

Step aside, Affordable Care Act. If you aren’t already, get used to hearing about the Clean Power Plan. Perhaps the most ambitious regulatory effort ever put forward by the EPA, the Plan represents the largest, farthest-reaching component of the Obama Administration’s response to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. So far, we’ve only seen […]

Remembering Martha Derthick & The Politics of Ideas

by Bruce Huber — Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

It’s worth taking some time here to note the passing in January of one of the great scholars of regulation and public policy, Martha Derthick (emerita of the University of Virginia Department of Politics). Nice remembrances can be found here, here, and here . Derthick’s work roamed widely through American politics, but of particular relevance […]