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Framing Water Policy in a Carbon Affected and Carbon Constrained Environment

68 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2009 Last revised: 25 May 2014

Robert Haskell Abrams

Florida A&M University - College of Law

Noah D. Hall

Wayne State University Law School

Date Written: April 14, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: climate change, water resources, water law, energy

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Abrams, Robert Haskell and Hall, Noah D., Framing Water Policy in a Carbon Affected and Carbon Constrained Environment (April 14, 2009). Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 50, p. 3, 2010; Wayne State University Law School Research Paper No. 09-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1380350

Robert Haskell Abrams

Florida A&M University - College of Law ( email )

201 Beggs Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
United States

Noah D. Hall (Contact Author)

Wayne State University Law School ( email )

471 Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
United States

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