Zero Sum Games in Pollution Control: The Games We Create versus the Games We Discover

6 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2017 Last revised: 2 Feb 2017

Date Written: January 26, 2017

Abstract

We don't often think about pollution as a zero-sum game, but ecosystems repeatedly demonstrate that they have limited tolerances for pollution, such as when nutrient pollution transforms a lake through eutrophication. At the planetary scale, the Planetary Boundaries project has also identified several pollution-driven problems as having threshold, suggesting that zero-sum pollution games exist at this scale, as well.

This essay, part of the Environmental Law Collaborative's ongoing work, compares the zero-sum pollution games that we discover with the regulatory zero-sum pollution games that we event, such as Clean Water Act TMDLs and the Clean Air Act's cap-and-trade program for acid rain. It then considers climate change's role as a zero-sum game, as well as its ability to affect other zero-sum pollution games.

Keywords: Zero Sum Game, Climate Change, Pollution, Acid Rain, TMDL

Suggested Citation

Craig, Robin Kundis, Zero Sum Games in Pollution Control: The Games We Create versus the Games We Discover (January 26, 2017). University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 200, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2906535 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2906535

Robin Kundis Craig (Contact Author)

USC Gould School of Law ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
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