Energy Law and Climate Change Policy In this seminar, we will be learning and discussing the evolving legal issues relating to energy law and clean energy development policy solutions, and the newly emerging law of climate change. This seminar will take place in "real time" while: (1) President Obama and the United States Congress are considering federal climate change solutions legislation; (2) The federal, state and municipal governments are moving to implement the extensive clean energy development policies and financial incentives enacted in late 2008 and early 2009; (3) The private sector is rapidly accelerating investments in cleaner energy and cleaner transportation developments and strategies; and (4) The United States and the global community is preparing for the potentially landmark Copenhagen climate change treaty discussions/negotiations in December 2009. Course requirements are engaged class participation and a final paper (20-30 page) on a seminar-related topic of the student's choice. There are no prerequisites for the seminar, although a previous environmental law or natural resources law class, and constitutional law and administrative law course(s), will be helpful.
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