The Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) is a 501(c)(3) organization engaged in strategic litigation, policy research, and public education on important energy and environmental issues. Primarily through its strategic litigation efforts, E&E Legal seeks to address and correct onerous federal and state governmental actions that negatively impact energy and the environment. E&E Legal advocates responsible resource development, sound science, respect for property rights, and a commitment to markets as it holds accountable those who seek excessive and destructive government regulation that’s based on agenda-driven policy making, junk science, and hysteria.
E&E Legal was founded in 2010 under a different name to promote free market environmentalism, and it has enjoyed tremendous success for a small organization. Hard-core environmentalist activists like the Natural Resources Defense Council have been highly effective for years in utilizing the court system to enact policy, affect change, and generate significant exposure for their cause. The same opportunities exist for those who advocate a free-market approach, and we have an impressive track record in the courts despite being significantly overmatched by those promoting more regulation, and government-based solutions. In September 2013, E&E Legal’s Board of Directors voted to to refine its focus primarily to the area of strategic litigation, and to change its name in order to reflect more accurately its work in the legal arena.
WHAT WE DO
Strategic Litigation is the cornerstone of E&E Legal, which is accomplished through two practice areas: Petition Litigation (lawsuits) and Transparency (FOIA filings). Its legal activities are dedicated to originating and supporting actions to protect against government overreach, restore a healthy relationship between responsibility to the environment and the free market essential to its protection, and to secure the Constitutional and other fundamental rights of citizens.
Policy research is critical to accomplishing the goals of E&E Legal. Reports and documents authored by its policy professionals and stable of fellow and advisors are used primarily to bolster E&E Legal’s litigation efforts. Examples include expert witness testimony, and the production of policy papers supporting a particular case.
Finally, E&E Legal is committed to public education. It employs an active and aggressive Communications practice that utilizes milestones in the legal process, research documents produced by its experts, and an ongoing participation in the public policy debate to garner significant media exposure for further its mission. E&E Legal also produces and distributes a quarterly newsletter, E&E Legal Letters, that highlights recent significant developments, and features an informative and timely article by Dr. David Schnare that is related to a current case.
David Schnare, Esq. Ph.D. serves as General Counsel of E&E Legal and is also (pro bono) Director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute, Virginia’s premier independent public policy foundation. He holds an appointment to the Chesapeake Bay Exceptions Review Commission of Fairfax County, the largest urban county in the nation. He is CEO of Schnare and Associates, Inc., a professional corporation providing legal representation, legal and policy analysis and is Chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Committee of the Occoquan Watershed Coalition, an organization of 143 homeowners associations in western Fairfax County, Virginia.
Dr. Schnare’s honors include: Four Gold and four Bronze Medals from the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Vice President’s Hammer Award and multiple U.S. Department of Justice Certificates of Commendation. His academic achievements include Law Review at George Mason University School of Law; Inns of Court (GMUSL); Sigma Xi (Science Honorary); Delta Omega Service Award (Public Health Honorary); National Science Foundation Research Fellowship; LEGIS Fellowship; and the U.S. Public Health Fellowship. He is an Honorary Member of the Water Quality Association. Dr. Schnare earned his JD in 1999 from George Mason University School of Law. While attending law school (and working full-time at EPA) he was the Hogan (Environmental) Essay winner and served on the Law Review and the Inns of Court. He graduated Cum Laude.
He was awarded a PhD in Environmental Management from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a Master of Science in Public Health-Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health, and a Baccalaureate Degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he majored in chemistry and mathematics.
Craig Richardson is the Executive Director of E&E Legal, and is a seasoned professional with more than twenty-five years of experience. He previously served as Executive Director of the American-Danish Business Council, a group he helped establish at the request of the Danish Embassy, The National Park and Recreation Foundation, and Leadership for America’s Future PAC (LEADPAC), a PAC founded by former Congressman Steve Largent.
In addition, he has provided strategic communications and fundraising services to political clients, including serving as a key aid to former Majority Leader Tom DeLay. He also worked for the re-election campaigns of several U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives. He co-managed Largent’s bid for Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998, and has participated in numerous issue campaigns including anti-tax and deregulation initiatives.
In 1995, Richardson co‐authored, Red Tape in America, published by the Heritage Foundation. The book details excessive government regulation, its impact on the U.S. economy, and its citizens.
Richardson began his career in 1984 working for former Secretary Elliot Richardson’s U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts. He then served as a Research Analyst for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington for the 1986 Cycle, and returned to Boston in 1987 to work at a regional public relations and advertising agency. In 1990, he returned to Washington to serve as an Account Supervisor for a Weber Shandwick-owned national public relations firm. In 1993, he started his own research, communications, and fundraising business before co-founding Washington Strategies, where he worked for nearly 10 years. In 2002, he sold his interest in Washington Strategies and joined DCI Associates as Vice President. In November 2003 he founded Richardson Consulting.
Richardson received a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College and holds an M.A. degree from Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.
Director of Science and Technology Assessment
Tom Tanton is the Director of Science and Technology Assessment for E&E Legal. He is also president of T² & Associates, a firm providing services to the energy and technology industries. T² & Associates are active primarily in the area of renewable energy and interconnected infrastructures, analyzing and providing advice on their impacts on energy prices, environmental quality and regional economic development.
Tanton has 40 years of direct and responsible experience in energy technology and legislative interface, having been central to many of the critical legislative changes that enable technology choice and economic development at the state and federal level. Mr. Tanton is a strong proponent of free market environmentalism and consumer choice, and frequently publishes and speaks against alarmist and reactionary policies and government failures.
Until 2000, Tanton was the Principal Policy Advisor with the California Energy Commission (CEC) in Sacramento, California. He began his career there in 1976, developing and implementing policies and legislation on energy issues of importance to California, the U.S. and International markets. These included electric restructuring, gasoline and natural gas supply and pricing energy facility siting and permitting, environmental issues, power plant sitting, technology development, and transportation. Tanton completed the first assessment of environmental externalities used in regulatory settings. He has held primary responsibility for comparative economic analysis, environmental assessment of new technologies, and the evaluation of alternatives under state and federal environmental law.
As the General Manager at EPRI, from 2000 to 2003, Tanton was responsible for the overall management and direction of collaborative research and development programs in electric generation technologies, integrating technology, market infrastructure, and public policy. From 2003 through 2007, Tanton was Senior Fellow and Vice President of the Houston based Institute for Energy Research. He was also a Senior Fellow in Energy Studies with the Pacific Research Institute until 2010.