Professor Greg Dotson is a faculty member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, where he leads the Energy Law and Policy Project. He teaches Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Policy, and the Environmental Policy Practicum. He is a nationally-recognized expert on environmental law and has provided commentary to numerous national media outlets.
Dotson has held senior environmental staff positions in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. From February 2021 until October 2022, Dotson served as the Democratic Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In this position, he worked on the American Recovery Plan Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Dotson served as the Energy and Environment Staff Director on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s lead energy and environmental policy staffer from 1996 until 2014, he was the lead staffer on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (the Waxman-Markey Bill), a comprehensive climate change and energy bill that passed the House of Representative in June 2009. He also worked on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 and the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 among other laws. Dotson was also engaged in congressional oversight and investigations, including numerous high-profile inquiries into political interference with climate science, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, hydraulic fracturing, and the energy market abuses of Enron.
Prior to joining academia at the University of Oregon School of Law in 2017, Dotson served as the Vice President for Energy Policy at the Washington, D.C.-based multidisciplinary think tank the Center for American Progress. In that role, Dotson oversaw the international and domestic energy and environmental policy work of the center. Dotson authored policy papers and opinion editorials, hosted panel discussions of experts and government officials, and testified on energy and environmental policy before the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Dotson graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1995 with a concentration in environmental and natural resources law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech.
Articles and Book Chapters
- “The Clean Air Act Amendments of 2022: Clean Air, Climate Change, and the Inflation Reduction Act,” 53 Envtl. L. Reporter 10017 (2023).
- Addressing Leakage in a Section 115 World, in Combating Climate Change with Section 115 of the Clean Air Act (Michael Burger ed. 2020).
- “State Authority to Regulate Mobile Source Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Part 2: A Legislative and Statutory History Assessment,” 32 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. 625 (2020).
- “State Authority to Regulate Mobile Source Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Part 1: History and Current Challenge,” 49 Envtl. L. Reporter 11037 (2019).
- “The Carbon Tax Vote You’ve Never Heard of and What It Portends,” 36 UCLA J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 167 (2018).
- Comments to FERC on a petition submitted by the New England Ratepayers Association. (June 13, 2020)(relating to legislative history of the netmetering provision enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005).
- Comments on the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule (Oct. 26, 2018)(relating to the U.S. EPA and DOT’s argument that state emissions standards for greenhouse gases are preempted by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975).
For all of Greg’s work, please check out his SSRN page.