Not One Without the Other: The Challenge of Integrating U.S. Environment, Energy, Climate, and Economic Policy

32 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2014 Last revised: 12 Jun 2015

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Victor Byers Flatt

University of Houston Law Center; University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute

Heather Payne

Seton Hall University - School of Law

Date Written: April 24, 2014

Abstract

Energy use is intertwined with environmental harms, climate, and economic development. However, the United States has failed to balance these interests together to make effective policy that can address each of these issues. The need for such integrative policy has become more and more obvious over time and with the added challenges of climate change. This essay reviews the historic challenge of integrating these policies, and by reviewing the policy core of prior statutes and policy debates, identifies principles which could guide a legislative body in attempting to integrate these issues successfully. The essay also notes the politicization of these issues and discusses possible paths forward from this gridlock.

Keywords: integrated policy, energy policy, environmental policy, environment, energy, climate, climate change, climate change policy, economic development, legislation

JEL Classification: H11, H23, H40, H41, I31, K23, K30, K32, Q20, Q25, Q28, Q40, Q48

Suggested Citation

Flatt, Victor Byers and Payne, Heather, Not One Without the Other: The Challenge of Integrating U.S. Environment, Energy, Climate, and Economic Policy (April 24, 2014). Environmental Law, Vol. 44, No. 4, 2014; UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2429029. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429029

Victor Byers Flatt (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States
713-922-0392 (Phone)

University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute ( email )

Houston, TX 77204-6021
United States

Heather Payne

Seton Hall University - School of Law ( email )

One Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5210
United States

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