Looking Backward, Looking Forward: The Next 40 Years of Environmental Law

10 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2013

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Robert V. Percival

University of Maryland - Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The only certainty concerning predictions for the future of the environment is that most of them are likely to be wrong. This is illustrated by the fate of past predictions, such as those contained in Paul Ehrlich's Populations Bomb, Gregg Easterbrook's A Moment on the Earth, and Bjørn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist. While it is difficult to guess at the future of the environment, predictions concerning environmental law are even more hazardous because they turn in large part on the future of politics. After reviewing current political gridlock over environmental concerns, this Article considers contemporary forecasts of the fate of the planet (including those contained in Al Gore's The Future and the 2052 Report) and the role of technological change in creating opportunities for environmental progress.

Keywords: forecasting, future, predictions, environment

Suggested Citation

Percival, Robert V., Looking Backward, Looking Forward: The Next 40 Years of Environmental Law (2013). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 43, 2013, p. 10492-, U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-69, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2359473

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