PODCAST: Who Is Neil Gorsuch?


This week on Parts Per Billion, our biweekly podcast, we’re going to be asking the question that everyone on Capitol Hill is going to be asking in a few days: Who is Neil Gorsuch?

Gorsuch, of course, is the federal judge President Donald Trump has chosen to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. His Senate confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin later this month.

But, aside from that, who is Gorsuch really? And, if he’s confirmed and takes Scalia’s long-empty seat, how will that change the way the court rules on environmental issues?

Bloomberg BNA legal editors John Stam and Rebecca Wilhelm say the most crucial area that Gorsuch might rule on would be a legal doctrine called “Chevron deference,” which addresses how federal agencies can interpret laws when the language in those laws are vague. Using Chevron, the courts have ruled that agencies should get the benefit of the doubt in these cases, which has allowed agencies like the EPA to issue dozens of regulations under the Clean Air Act and other statues.

For most of his career, Scalia was a big fan of Chevron deference. Gorsuch, however, is decidedly not.

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