The Environmental Role of Agriculture in an Era of Carbon Caps
Donald T. Hornstein
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law
April 22, 2010
Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, Vol. 20, 2010
UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1594349
This article evaluates programs that build on the claim that greenhouse-gas reductions from agriculture can rival the climate-change benefits of switching to low-carbon energy supplies. The Article examines strengths and weaknesses in existing biofuels regulation, including especially the influence of special-interest politics on underreporting the international climate-related effects caused by planting more acreage to corn to produce corn-based ethanol. Looking to the future, the Article discusses the possibility that agriculture and forestry can contribute to a broader "offset" program within a cap-and-trade regime, but notes how special-interest political forces have already begun to threaten this possibility by distorting, beyond what good science supports, provisions on agricultural offsets in the June 2009 Waxman-Markey climate-change bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 23, 2010
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