Greening the Grid and Climate Justice
University of San Francisco - School of Law
Environmental Law, Vol. 39, 2009
Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2010-03
This short symposium essay argues that the collateral environmental and economic justice benefits of greening the grid provide support for transformative climate policies that speed the development of fossil fuel alternatives. More broadly, policymakers should integrate climate justice considerations into the design of any new energy infrastructure in order to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of the profound transition ahead. While efforts to integrate climate justice could complicate climate and energy legislation, they would, on balance, further rather than hinder the political prospects for greening the grid. The essay concludes by encouraging an inclusive and participatory process for developing green energy policy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 140
Keywords: energy law, energy policy, alternative energy, green energy, environmental justice, climate justice, climate change, global warming
JEL Classification: L94, Q25, Q28, Q40, Q42, Q48
Date posted: February 5, 2010
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