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Global Climate Change and U.S. Law

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New edition available Spring 2014

"The ABA has done a great service by compiling in one place a comprehensive account of the current state of U.S. law on climate change. It will significantly help all of us in moving forward with this essential and daunting mission."
Carol M. Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, 2009 - present; Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1993-2001
Global Climate Change and U.S. Law
Product Code: 5350156
Editor: Michael B. Gerrard
Publication Date: April 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59031-816-4
Page Count: 784
Trim Size: 7 x 10 Paperback
Sponsoring Entities: Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Topics: Administrative Law, Energy & Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, Government Law
Format: Book - 5350156
Pricing: $59.95 (Regular)
$49.95 (Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources) ABA Members, Log in now to receive this discount!
About the Book

Because global climate change presents extraordinary challenges to the environment and the economy of United States as well as those of other nations, the debate about how to effectively implement more climate-friendly policies is sure to continue and amplify. The scientific case for strong action is becoming more compelling every month, and opinion polls show that the American public increasingly agrees. The law will play an important part in developing mechanisms to protect the climate, such as conserving energy, using renewable sources of energy, and implementing emission caps and trading programs.

Global Climate Change and U.S. Law provides comprehensive coverage of the country's law as it relates to global climate change. After a summary of the factual and scientific background, Part I outlines the international and national legal framework of climate change regulation and associated litigation. Part II describes emerging regional, state and local actions, and includes a 50-state survey. Part III covers issues of concern to corporations, including disclosure, fiduciary duties, insurance, and subsidies. Part IV examines the legal aspects of efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, such as voluntary efforts, emissions trading, and carbon sequestration. Global Climate Change and U.S. Law includes key resource aids, including a glossary of climate related terms; a list of acronyms; extensive endnotes; and a comprehensive index.

See updates to the book, including several analyses of the April 2, 2007, Supreme Court decison in Massachusetts v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



Global Climate Change and U.S. Law: Recent Developments Released 8/22/08 (16:35)

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What Others Have Said

"The scientific complexity of the climate change problem is matched by its legal complexity. Effective responses to this global crisis by human institutions -- both governmental and private -- will require the establishment and functioning of a host of new legal mechanisms. As I know from the eight years I spent administering the federal environmental laws, setting up these mechanisms presents great challenges to the legal profession. The ABA has done a great service by compiling in one place a comprehensive account of the current state of U.S. law on climate change. It will significantly help all of us in moving forward with this essential and daunting mission."

Carol M. Browner
Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, 2009 - present
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1993-2001


"Global climate change poses an enormous threat to our environment. Our coastlines, surface and underground water supplies, farmlands, and forests are all at risk. Creative legal engineering will be needed to address this problem. This book, written by many of the country's leading environmental scholars and practitioners, provides an invaluable start on this process. It's a must read for any serious lawyer or policymaker in the field."

Bruce Babbitt
Secretary of the Interior, 1993-2001
Governor of Arizona, 1978-1987


"Michael Gerrard and a topflight list of authors have pulled together thoughtful, critical commentaries that can help key sectors in our society craft responses to what is surely the environmental challenge of this century -- indeed, a major economic challenge as well -- the earth's changing climate. Many thanks to ABA for this timely publication and the Website that can keep us abreast of fast-breaking developments in this field."

William K. Reilly
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1989-1993


"This is a spectacular book. Offering both impressive breadth and depth in its description and analysis, Global Climate Change and U.S. Law provides the legal community with an extraordinarily useful tool for understanding the wide ranging ways that current and quickly emerging laws address what promises to be the nation's greatest environmental challenge. Wholly accessible to those not themselves expert in environmental law, any lawyer or policymaker seriously interested in the global climate change should have a copy."

Richard Lazarus
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center


"Global Climate Change is an impressive work of legal scholarship from the ABA's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, a collaborative effort of the most knowledgeable and experienced practitioners in the field, guided by the steady editorial hand of Michael B. Gerrard, former SEER Chair and partner at Arnold & Porter. It is supported by a very useful website to keep readers updated on related legal developments."

From the review in "The Environmental Forum" by G. Tracy Mehan III.

More Information

Summary Table of Contents PDF
Table of Contents PDF
About the Authors PDF
Chapter One - Introduction and Overview PDF
Review from The Environmental Forum, published by the Environmental Law Institute PDF


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