Longtime climate lawyer joins watchdog group

By Robin Bravender | 04/17/2024 01:27 PM EDT

David Bookbinder is director of law and policy at the Environmental Integrity Project. 

David Bookbinder.

David Bookbinder. Niskanen Center

David Bookbinder, a longtime climate lawyer, joined the watchdog group Environmental Integrity Project this week as the nonprofit’s director of law and policy.

Bookbinder started Monday at the organization, where he’ll be supervising litigation and working on policy issues, he said in an interview. Bookbinder previously worked as chief climate counsel at the Sierra Club and as chief counsel at the Niskanen Center, a think tank.

EIP was founded in 2002 by Eric Schaeffer, who resigned his post in EPA’s enforcement office in protest of the George W. Bush administration’s air pollution moves.


The organization, which has offices in Washington and Austin, Texas, “does an enormous amount of clean air and clean water work,” Bookbinder said, at a time when many environmental groups “have gone to climate 24/7.”