Energy Policy Today and Tomorrow - Toward Sustainability?
Lincoln L. Davies
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law
May 20, 2009
Journal of Land, Resources & Environmental Law, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 71-89, 2009
This Symposium Essay assesses the current state of United States energy policy and argues that the impending crisis of climate change provides a critical opportunity not only for direct action to curb greenhouse gas emissions but, perhaps just as importantly, for merging energy and environmental law. The Essay proceeds in three primary parts. Using Professor Joseph Tomain’s “dominant” paradigm of domestic energy policy, Part I traces the historical disconnect between environmental and energy regulation. Part II assesses what a modified, “alternative” energy paradigm might look like. Part III concludes by briefly examining potential roadblocks in the way of moving to a new, sustainable energy policy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: Energy policy, energy law, environmental policy, environmental law, sustainability, climate change, renewable energy, clean energy, policy innovation, legal innovation
JEL Classification: K10, K23, K32, L52, L94, L97
Date posted: May 21, 2009