The recent Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. the Environmental Protection Agency put administrative agencies on notice. In order to take on major issues—such as regulating greenhouse gas emissions in an entire industry—agencies like the EPA need a clear statement from Congress. Constitutional scholar Meg Mott, Steph Hoffman from the Vermont Public Utility Commission, and Aaron Kisicki from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources consider the arguments on both sides of this decision, and discuss the implications of this Supreme Court ruling on legislation for climate change.
About the presenters
After twenty years of teaching political theory and constitutional law to Marlboro College undergraduates, Meg Mott has taken her love of argument to the general public. Her award-winning series Debating Our Rights on the first ten amendments brings civil discussions on contentious issues to public libraries and colleges.
Aaron Kisicki is a litigation attorney with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. A career public lawyer, he has also worked for the Vermont Department of Public Service, Department of Financial Regulation, and the Secretary of State’s Office. Aaron lives in Montpelier and spends his free time trying to keep up with his young daughter.
Steph Hoffman is a Deputy General Counsel for the Vermont Public Utility Commission. She began her career as a public defender in Massachusetts, clerked for Justice Beth Robinson on the Vermont Supreme Court, and has also worked for the Vermont Department of Public Service and Department of Financial Regulation, with a few years of private practice in between. Steph lives in Morristown with her spouse, three step-children, two dogs, and a cat.
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