Beyond Environmental Law: Policy Proposals for a Better Environmental Future
Nearly half a century after Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring helped launch the modern environmental movement, the nation’s environmental statutes are showing signs of age. New challenges have arisen – climate change, most notably, but others that also threaten the safety of the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat and more. In their new book, Beyond Environmental Law: Policy Proposals for a Better Environmental Future, CPR Member Scholars David Driesen and Alyson Flournoy compile original chapter contributions by leading environmental scholars assessing how to craft effective environmental standards to combat the environmental challenges of the 21st Century. Published in March 2010 by Cambridge University Press, Beyond Environmental Law proposes two new statutes: an Environmental Legacy Act to preserve a defined environmental legacy for future generations, and an Environmental Competition Statute to spark movement to new clean technologies. The first proposal would require for the first time that the federal government define an environmental legacy that it must preserve for future generations. The second would establish a market competition to maximize environmental protection.
Author(s): Alyson Flournoy, David Driesen
The Future of Environmental Protection: The Case for a National Environmental Legacy Act
The Future of Environmental Protection: The Case for a National Environmental Legacy Act, CPR White Paper #1002, by Alyson Flournoy, Ryan Feinberg, Margaret Clune Giblin, Heather Halter, and Christina Storz
Author(s): Alyson Flournoy, Margaret Giblin
Comments on Draft Water Quality Report for the Chesapeake Bay.
Comments on Draft Water Quality Report for the Chesapeake Bay. CPR Policy Analyst Yee Huang's comments on EPA's draft 202a Water Quality Report & 203 Strategy for the Chesapeake Bay
Author(s): Yee Huang
Cap and trade is preferable to hodgepodge regulation
Restoring the Trust: Water Resources & the Public Trust Doctrine: An Index of State Constitutional and Statutory Provisions and Cases on Water Resources & the Public Trust Doctrine
Index of State Constitutional and Statutory Provisions and Cases on Water Resources & the Public Trust Doctrine, to accompany CPR's Restoring the Trust: Water Resources & the Public Trust Doctrine report
Author(s): Alexandra Klass, Yee Huang
Mercury and the DEQ: trading our health for economic gain
Comments on Endangered Species Act Consultation Rules
Comments on Endangered Species Act Consultation Rules, supporting withdrawal of Bush administration "midnight rule" weakening enforcement
Author(s): Mary Jane Angelo, Holly Doremus, Dan Rohlf, James Goodwin
CPR Perspective: Carbon Capture and Geologic Sequestration
Carbon Capture and Geologic Sequestration involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from power generation and industrial processes, transporting the CO2 to an area with suitable geology, and injecting it into deep geologic formations, sequestering the CO2 underground for hundreds to thousands of years. Geological formations suitable for CO2 sequestration include oil and gas fields, saline aquifers, and deep coal seams. The goal is to avoid the atmospheric release of CO2 by sequestering the captured CO2 emissions approximately one kilometer underground.
Author(s): Alexandra Klass
CPR Perspective: Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Incorporating Environmental Justice into Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs
A well-designed cap-and-trade program could increase incentives for alternative energy and for new emissions-reduction technology. Traditional regulations generally take a facility’s basic production technology as a given and then impose rate-based emission reduction requirements in light of that production technology. In contrast, a cap-and-trade program would put a price on carbon and, if the price signal is successful, would create an ongoing incentive to reduce overall emissions. An effective trading program could give facilities incentives to use less carbon-intensive energy sources and production technologies, not simply reduce end-of-the-stack emissions to comply with a set standard.
Author(s): Alice Kaswan