A Napoleonic Approach to Climate Change: The Geoengineering Branch
5 Washington & Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment 93 (2013)
72 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 6, 2014
Climate change is an inevitable consequence of human greenhouse gas emissions. Without substantial changes in anthroprogenic causes of climate change, there will be severe negative impacts on our planet. Complete abolition of greenhouse gas emissions, however, is not possible nor will it necessarily stop the negative impacts of climate change. Therefore, substantial research must be done in geo-engineering to understand better how we can positively act to avert significant climate change. With differing national laws this is difficult. Additionally the United States laws do not properly cover climate engineering. Therefore, the United States should enact a comprehensive legal and regulatory program to encourage and grow research in climate engineering. This comprehensive regime should be a model for the rest of the world to follow.
Keywords: geoengineering, climate engineering, environmental, climate change
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K32
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