Our Climate Moment Is Now! (Or How to Change the Story to Save Our World)

18 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2019

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Rebecca M. Bratspies

City University of New York - School of Law

Date Written: August 13, 2019

Abstract

The Trump Administration has expressed its intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. However, may of the states and cities that together make up the United States have declared that they "are still in." This draft chapter for a forthcoming book by the Environmental Law Collaborative for the Environmental Law Institute discusses some of the steps that state and local decision-makers have taken toward deep decarbonization, and suggests that a zero-carbon future is attainable despite federal intransigence.

Keywords: zero carbon, net zero, deep decarbonization, climate change, federalism, climate justice, Paris Agreement, local government, state government, IPCC, NDC, just transition, renewable energy, sustainable energy

JEL Classification: K20, K32, Q54, Q55, Q, 42, Q48, Q58, H54, H75, H70

Suggested Citation

Bratspies, Rebecca M., Our Climate Moment Is Now! (Or How to Change the Story to Save Our World) (August 13, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3436832 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3436832

Rebecca M. Bratspies (Contact Author)

City University of New York - School of Law ( email )

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Long Island City, NY 11101
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