The Military-Environmental Complex and the Courts

22 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2017

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Sarah E. Light

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School - Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department

Date Written: August 29, 2017

Abstract

In this essay, I discuss a form of environmental governance—what I have called the military-environmental complex—that holds the potential to transform for the better our nation’s energy profile both by reducing fossil fuel use and stimulating the development and diffusion of climate-positive technology and values, and explore the role that courts play in policing the military's efforts in this regard. The essay concludes that the judiciary's limited role in supervising the military-environmental complex contributes both to the phenomenon's greatest strength—its nimble ability to address climate change from a different perspective than that of traditional environmental law—but also to its weaknesses.

Keywords: Military-Environmental Complex, Environmental Law, Climate Change, National Security, Judicial Review, Green Procurement

Suggested Citation

Light, Sarah E., The Military-Environmental Complex and the Courts (August 29, 2017). Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3028653

Sarah E. Light (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School - Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department ( email )

3730 Walnut Street
Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6365
United States

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