Framing Water Policy in a Carbon Affected and Carbon Constrained Environment
Robert Haskell Abrams
Florida A&M University - College of Law
Noah D. Hall
Wayne State University Law School
April 14, 2009
Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 50, p. 3, 2010
Wayne State University Law School Research Paper No. 09-08
Climate change driven by greenhouse gas emissions is substantially altering water availability while increasing water demand. Shifts in domestic energy policy and production, while needed to confront the challenge of climate change, may further stress the nation’s water resources. These changes and new demands will be most severe in regions that are already experiencing water stresses and conflicts. This article examines the extent of the changes in water supply and demand by assessing how water conflicts will be addressed in the four overarching water use categories: water for population security, water for ecological security, water for energy security, and water for food security. The analysis suggests that water governance institutions and policies need to be retooled to better accommodate the necessary reallocation of water that will serve the nation’s water security needs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 68
Keywords: climate change, water resources, water law, energy
JEL Classification: K32Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 14, 2009 ; Last revised: November 18, 2010
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