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Podcast: The future of federalism

March 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

In a special live event at Georgetown University, Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law in Houston and Peter Edelman of Georgetown discuss the fate of federalism in the Trump era.

Climate change in the courts: Big Oil and Big Tobacco

July 15, 2016 By Lana Ulrich

State officials say fossil fuel companies are defrauding the public. But in their zeal to win, are they violating constitutional rights?

Constitution Check: How goes the kids’ constitutional crusade against climate change?

May 5, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the public trust doctrine, an age-old concept about environmental protection, and some recent legal challenges related to it.

Earth Day, politics and the law

April 22, 2016 By Jonathan Stahl

Friday, April 22nd marks not only the 46th Earth Day, but also is when the United States and China will be formally signing the historic Paris Agreement on climate change that was finalized last year. Earth Day’s purpose is to bring attention to conservation and environmental protection, and the inherently political nature of these goals is underscored this year by the singing of the accords.

Video: The Story of Earth Day

April 22, 2016 By NCC Staff

Part of being an active citizen is taking care of your environment, so the National Constitution Center is helping citizens celebrate Earth Day!

Constitution Check: Does the “Clean Power Plan” violate the Tenth Amendment?

January 28, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a debate over states’ rights and Obama administration’s ambitious efforts to protect the environment from carbon pollution.

Obama’s climate rule to face legal challenges, again

August 4, 2015 By Nicandro Iannacci

The climate may be changing, but opposition to government regulation is not.

Climate change on trial

November 21, 2014 By Nicandro Iannacci

A group of Harvard University students is turning to the courts to force an end to the school’s investments in gas, oil and coal companies. The lawsuit, announced on Thursday, is the latest battle in the ongoing campaign for divestment on many college campuses.

Fresh off midterm losses, President Obama steps up to the bully pulpit

November 17, 2014 By Nicandro Iannacci

For the President and his supporters, it was an “unexpectedly good week.” On three high-profile issues—net neutrality, climate change and immigration—Barack Obama came out swinging. Has he crossed the constitutional line?

EPA gets mixed ruling in Greenhouse Gases case

June 23, 2014 By NCC Staff

The Supreme Court said on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency can’t issue greenhouse gas permits for certain industries, but it left intact other tools the EPA can use to regulate pollutants.

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