Fall 2014 Class Descriptions
As of 1/28/2015 5:13:42 AM
Energy Law and Climate Change
Energy Law and Climate Change Policy
In this seminar, we will be learning about and discussing the newly emerging "law of climate change" and evolving energy and environmental law and clean energy development policy solutions. This seminar will take place in "real time" while: (1) The Executive Branch and the United States Congress are considering federal climate change and clean energy solutions regulatory standards and legislative policies; (2) State and municipal governments are moving to implement climate change strategies, clean energy development policies and innovative financing approaches; and (3) The private sector is accelerating investments in clean energy and clean transportation developments and strategies.
One key opportunity is constructing policies that support both environmental progress -- healthier air and cleaner water, and open space with diverse habitat -- and economic growth together. We will focus special attention on both the legal authorities and limitations under the Constitution and federalist system that policymakers, litigants and the public face in trying to achieve this goal.
Course requirements are engaged class participation (33% of grade) and a final paper of 25-35 pages (67% of grade) 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.