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Heat Expands All Things: The Proliferation of Greenhouse Gas Regulation Under the Obama Administration

Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Forthcoming

Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-4

37 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2011  

Jonathan H. Adler

Case Western Reserve University School of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: March 11, 2011

Abstract

The Obama Administration has been moving aggressively to control greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act and other pre-existing statutory authority. Much of this new regulation was facilitated – if not mandated – by the Supreme Court’s decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. These regulatory initiatives mark a dramatic expansion of federal environmental controls on private economic activity. These efforts are unwise. Regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, in particular, will impose substantial regulatory costs for minimal environmental gain. Extensive GHG regulation will not produce much actual climate change mitigation. Mitigating the threat of anthropogenic climate change requires an alternative approach – one that is not authorized under existing law and that does not require dramatic expansions of the federal regulatory state. This article, prepared for a symposium issue of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, surveys and analyses the Obama Administrations greenhouse gas regulatory initiatives, and suggests an alternative approach to climate change policy.

Keywords: climate change, greenhouse gases, global warming, Clean Air Act, Obama Administration

JEL Classification: K23, K32

Suggested Citation

Adler, Jonathan H., Heat Expands All Things: The Proliferation of Greenhouse Gas Regulation Under the Obama Administration (March 11, 2011). Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Forthcoming ; Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1783664

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