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Reorienting State Climate Change Policies to Induce Technological Change


David E. Adelman


University of Texas School of Law; University of Texas - School of Law, The Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law

Kirsten H. Engel


University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

September 8, 2008

Arizona Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2008

Abstract:     
This Article challenges the prevailing view that state action on climate change is misconceived because it cannot meaningfully impact greenhouse gas emissions. We argue that inducing technological change provides an independent ground for state programs; one can think globally and still act locally. Technological innovation is essential to successful climate policy and subject to a distinct market failure - technology spillovers that undermine investment incentives. State action can significantly enhance technological change, as promoting innovation is less dependent on large-scale government action and its inherent uncertainties favor the diversity sustained by multiple state programs. These observations suggest a two-tiered strategy: primary federal responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while state policies focus on promoting technological change. The Article concludes by proposing measures designed to support this complementary federal-state framework.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: Climate Change, Federalism, Innovation Policy, Inducing Technological Change

JEL Classification: K23, K32, O33, O38

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Date posted: September 10, 2008  

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Adelman, David E. and Engel, Kirsten H., Reorienting State Climate Change Policies to Induce Technological Change (September 8, 2008). Arizona Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1264506

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David E. Adelman (Contact Author)
University of Texas School of Law ( email )
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
United States
512-232-0877 (Phone)

University of Texas - School of Law, The Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law ( email )
Austin, TX
United States

Kirsten H. Engel
University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States
520-621-5444 (Phone)

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