Federal Climate Change Legislation as if the States Matter

Section of Natural Resources Law, Forthcoming

Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-04

22 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2007 Last revised: 23 Jul 2015

Robert B. McKinstry Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Thomas D. Peterson

Center for Climate Strategies

Abstract

The growing prospect of comprehensive national climate change legislation raises many important questions about the role of state efforts in a national climate change program. This article identifies the key state/federal issues that should be addressed in any comprehensive national comprehensive climate change legislation. It also provides recommendations for resolving these issues. In addition to a cap-and-trade program and uniform national standards for some sectors, federal climate change legislation should adopt and modify the State Implementation Plan model in the Clean Air Act. That is, states should be given responsibility through State Implementation Plans to achieve specified emissions reductions, including those from electricity demand reduction.

Keywords: climate change, legislation,environment, clean air act, emmissions reductions, greenhouse gas

JEL Classification: K32, Q20, Q25, Q28, Q38, Q48, Q01

Suggested Citation

McKinstry, Robert B. and Dernbach, John C. and Peterson, Thomas D., Federal Climate Change Legislation as if the States Matter. Section of Natural Resources Law, Forthcoming; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1031552

Robert B. McKinstry Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP ( email )

1735 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States
215-864-8208 (Phone)
215-864-8999 (Fax)

John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
United States

Thomas D. Peterson

Center for Climate Strategies ( email )

1899 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
(202) 540-9121 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.climatestrategies.us

Paper statistics

Downloads
296
Rank
83,662
Abstract Views
1,476