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Will upcoming political changes impact natural resource law?

While politics and the law are never mutually exclusive in the United States, one area where state and federal policy have a huge impact on the law is with regard to natural resources and the environment. In the wake of this month's election and given the upcoming changing of the guard on a federal level, many are wondering what might come of natural resource law.

California has long been considered a pioneer state with regard to environmental policy and law. The state has made numerous steps through the years to protect its environment and resources and has been on the forefront of national campaigns for efforts such as the Clean Power Plan. That plan is currently moving the nation toward the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.

Earlier this month, an international agreement took effect that would involve the U.S. cutting back on greenhouse emissions -- a goal California has been working on diligently since 2006. Whether you agree or disagree with some of the state and federal policy regarding the environment, you probably don't doubt that it's a likely scenario that some policy shift is about to take place.

The President-elect made numerous announcements and claims about a policy shift during his campaign, but now experts are in wait-and-see mode to see how much of a shift there might be. Meanwhile, businesses are still having to deal with laws and policies that are on the books.

It can be difficult as a business to weather changing political environments. No matter what side you personally might agree with -- or even if you think the change is good -- change can be a disruption for your company. Working with a business law professional who understands natural resource law and other legal areas can help you create a stable foundation and plan for a future that includes large-scale policy change.

Source: 89.3 KPCC, "Ways Trump may alter California's environment and energy landscape," Emily Guerin, Nov. 10, 2016

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