Richard J. Pierce, Jr.

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. is the Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School.

Pipeline Opposition Impedes Climate Change Mitigation

More pipelines and electricity transmission lines would bolster the fight against climate change.

Putting Trump’s “Affordable Clean Energy” Plan in Perspective

Recent proposed rule can be better understood by considering the fate of the Clean Power Plan in the Supreme Court.

Regulatory Reform Under Reagan and Trump

Reagan-era regulatory reform will help restrict rule rescissions under Executive Order 13,771.

The Travel Ban in Court

The Supreme Court should follow the Fourth Circuit in prohibiting impermissible animus while maintaining the President’s discretion.

The Easy Path to Firing Mueller

The Solicitor General would readily comply with an order from President Trump to oust special counsel Mueller.

Finding a Path Back to Democratic Governance

Eliminating the primary and caucus rules would create a more productive and responsive democracy.

Republicans Discover the Mythical Basis for Regulatory Reform

Deregulatory difficulties will reveal that rulemaking and judicial review are stringent enough without reform.

Valuing Bureaucracy Is a Quixotic Project

Verkuil’s proposal for replacing contractors with professional bureaucrats is unlikely to be adopted.

The Secretary of Energy’s Tariff Proposal Would Be Disastrous

Revising FERC’s open access tariff rules would reverse 40 years of progress.

A Good Effort, with One Glaring Flaw

Regulatory reform bill’s requirement of oral evidentiary hearings for rulemakings may prove to be ineffective.

Putting in Perspective Trump’s Unwinding of Obama’s Climate Policy

Both President Trump and environmental advocates overstate the effects of repealing the Clean Power Plan.

The Stakes in the Fracking Debate

Fracking holds great promise as a source of U.S. energy.