Overcoming the Behavioral Impetus for Greater U.S. Energy Consumption

Global Business & Development Law Journal, Vol. 20, No. 15, 2007

Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-16

27 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2007 Last revised: 23 Jul 2015

John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Abstract

This article explores how law can use individual behavior to stabilize and reduce U.S. energy consumption. Drawing on the work of social scientists and behavioral researchers, it concludes that many opportunities exist to influence individual behavior to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. More broadly, the options suggested by this literature provide an important bridge between purely regulatory approaches and purely voluntary approaches. They provide a way of addressing the seemingly intractable problem of individual choices that lead to greater and greater energy consumption. To be sure, a variety of technological, economic, legal, and other barriers to energy efficiency also exist. Thus, the approaches suggested here are in addition to those needed to overcome these other obstacles.

Keywords: regulation, energy consumption, energy efficiency, individual behavior, climate change, environmental law, motor vehicles, buildings, appliances

JEL Classification: L91, L94, O20, Q30, Q31, Q40, Q41, Q48, R20, R41, Q01

Suggested Citation

Dernbach, John C., Overcoming the Behavioral Impetus for Greater U.S. Energy Consumption. Global Business & Development Law Journal, Vol. 20, No. 15, 2007 ; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1026783

John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

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Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
United States

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