Beyond Zero-Sum Environmentalism

24 Pages Posted: 8 May 2017 Last revised: 16 May 2017

Shalanda Helen Baker

William S. Richardson School of Law

Robin Kundis Craig

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Keith H. Hirokawa

Albany Law School

Sarah Krakoff

University of Colorado Law School

Jessica Owley

University at Buffalo Law School

Melissa Powers

Lewis & Clark Law School

Shannon Roesler

Oklahoma City University - School of Law

Jonathan D. Rosenbloom

Drake University Law School

J. B. Ruhl

Vanderbilt University - Law School

James E. Salzman

University of California, Santa Barbara - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Inara K. Scott

Oregon State University, College of Business

David Takacs

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: May 8, 2017

Abstract

Environmental law and environmental protection are often portrayed as requiring trade offs: “jobs versus environment,” “markets versus regulation,” “enforcement versus incentives.” In the summer of 2016, members of the Environmental Law Collaborative gathered to consider how environmentalism and environmental regulation can advance beyond this framing to include new constituents and offer new pathways to tackle the many significant challenges ahead. Months later, the initial activities of the Trump Administration highlighted the use of zero-sum rhetoric, with the appointment of government officials and the issuance of executive orders that indeed seem to view environmental issues as in a zero-sum relationship with jobs or economic progress. In the essays below, the authors explore the meaning and the role of zero-sum environmentalism as a first step in moving beyond it.

Keywords: Zero Sum, Environmental Law, Rhetoric, Trade Offs

Suggested Citation

Baker, Shalanda Helen and Craig, Robin Kundis and Dernbach, John C. and Hirokawa, Keith H. and Krakoff, Sarah and Owley, Jessica and Powers, Melissa and Roesler, Shannon and Rosenbloom, Jonathan D. and Ruhl, J. B. and Salzman, James E. and Scott, Inara K. and Takacs, David, Beyond Zero-Sum Environmentalism (May 8, 2017). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2945666

Shalanda Helen Baker

William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
United States
8089569435 (Phone)
8089569435 (Fax)

Robin Kundis Craig

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 South University St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States
801-585-5228 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://faculty.utah.edu/u0793211-ROBIN_KUNDIS_CRAIG/biography/index.hml

John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
United States

Keith H. Hirokawa

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

Sarah Krakoff

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Jessica Owley (Contact Author)

University at Buffalo Law School ( email )

School of Law
528 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States
716-645-8182 (Phone)
716-645-2064 (Fax)

Melissa Powers

Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )

10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States

Shannon Roesler

Oklahoma City University - School of Law ( email )

2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
United States

Jonathan D. Rosenbloom

Drake University Law School ( email )

27th & Carpenter Sts.
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

J. B. Ruhl

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States

James E. Salzman

University of California, Santa Barbara - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management ( email )

4670 Physical Sciences North
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131
United States

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

Inara K. Scott

Oregon State University, College of Business ( email )

443 Austin Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

David Takacs

University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )

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