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The Missing Instrument: Dirty Input Limits


David M. Driesen


Syracuse University - College of Law

Amy Sinden


Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

April 9, 2008

Harvard Environmental Law Review, Vol. 22, 2009
Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-61

Abstract:     
This article evaluates an environmental protection instrument that the literature has hitherto largely overlooked, Dirty Input Limits (DILs), quantitative limits on the inputs that cause pollution. DILs provide an alternative to cumbersome output-based emissions trading and performance standards. DILs have played a role in some of the world's most prominent environmental success stories. They have also begun to influence climate change policy, because of the impossibility of imposing an output-based cap on transport emissions. We evaluate DILs' administrative advantages, efficiency, dynamic properties, and capacity to better integrate environmental protection efforts. DILs, we show, not only have significant advantages that make them a good policy tool, they also have the capacity to help us fruitfully reconceptualize environmental law in more holistic fashion.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 52

Keywords: environment, environmental, regulation, climate change, global warming, regulatory instruments, instrument choice, emissions trading, upstream, downstream, inputs, outputs, fossil fuels, cap and trade, pollution prevention, end-of-the-pipe

JEL Classification: K32, L51, O31, O33, O38, Q28, Q38, Q40, Q42, Q48

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Date posted: March 6, 2008 ; Last revised: September 24, 2014

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Driesen, David M. and Sinden, Amy, The Missing Instrument: Dirty Input Limits (April 9, 2008). Harvard Environmental Law Review, Vol. 22, 2009; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-61. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1102299

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David M. Driesen
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Amy Sinden (Contact Author)
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )
1719 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States
215-204-4969 (Phone)
215-204-1185 (Fax)
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