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Federal Climate Change Legislation as if the States Matter


Robert B. McKinstry Jr.


Ballard Spahr LLP

John C. Dernbach


Widener University - School of Law

Thomas D. Peterson


Center for Climate Strategies; Johns Hopkins Global Security Center


Section of Natural Resources Law, Forthcoming
Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-04

Abstract:     
The growing prospect of comprehensive national climate change legislation raises many important questions about the role of state efforts in a national climate change program. This article identifies the key state/federal issues that should be addressed in any comprehensive national comprehensive climate change legislation. It also provides recommendations for resolving these issues. In addition to a cap-and-trade program and uniform national standards for some sectors, federal climate change legislation should adopt and modify the State Implementation Plan model in the Clean Air Act. That is, states should be given responsibility through State Implementation Plans to achieve specified emissions reductions, including those from electricity demand reduction.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: climate change, legislation,environment, clean air act, emmissions reductions, greenhouse gas

JEL Classification: K32, Q20, Q25, Q28, Q38, Q48, Q01

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Date posted: November 21, 2007 ; Last revised: April 12, 2013

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McKinstry, Robert B. and Dernbach, John C. and Peterson, Thomas D., Federal Climate Change Legislation as if the States Matter. Section of Natural Resources Law, Forthcoming; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-04. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1031552

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Robert B. McKinstry Jr.
Ballard Spahr LLP ( email )
1735 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States
215-864-8208 (Phone)
215-864-8999 (Fax)
John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)
Widener University - School of Law ( email )
3800 Vartan Way
P.O. Box 69382
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9382
United States
717-541-1933 (Phone)
Thomas D. Peterson
Center for Climate Strategies ( email )
1899 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
(202) 540-9121 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.climatestrategies.us
Johns Hopkins Global Security Center ( email )
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
HOME PAGE: http://advanced.jhu.edu/academic/government/global-security//index.cfm
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