With the recent emphasis on urgent new climate change regulation, there is a new confluence of environmental and synergy issues in the U.S. and the E.U. and other OECD countries. The most substantial contribution to climate change is the generation of power. This course will look at several issues regarding how the environment and energy sector are regulated in the U.S. legal system, which is different than certain other OECD systems in terms of the significant authority vested at the state level, as well as other jurisdiction as at the federal level in the U.S.
This course is taught using several problem simulation sets where participants utilize legal materials and court decisions to address a typical environmental or energy problem from a particular client's legal perspective. This is designed to teach skills as well as substantive information. Problem sets involving representing local government trying to regulate the transport of spent nuclear fuel from a domestic power reactor, representing clients in a "Superfund" action to clean up hazardous substances, advising a developer on U.S. regulation of new renewable energy development, and some treatment of U.S. initiatives on climate change -- The E.U. has been regulating CO2 since 2005, the Kyoto Protocol has been regulating greenhouse gases since 2008, and several states in the U.S. have been regulating CO2 since 2009.
Method of Examination: Take home examination at the conclusion of the course. Class participation in problem solving exercise will be stressed during the class meeting session.
Home Exam Required
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