Climate Change


In my forthcoming book, I suggest that the only potential “mascot” for the climate cause is the polar bear.  Now it seems to be a reality, but I’m not as big a fan of this commercial as others.  And we still have the problem of what is used to produce the electricity.

Today, Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center launched its first annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List. Our environmental faculty and students from the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law researched more than 75 judicial, regulatory, and legislative actions before selecting what they consider the 10 most important environmental law and policy issues of 2010.   Read more at http://watchlist.vermontlaw.edu/.

With a student, I co-authored the article for No. 8 on the list, Supreme Court Reviews Genetically Modified Crops.

Reports the Times.

I’ve already posted about Sweden’s attempt to lower their carbon footprint through food policy.  And while I remain a bit skeptical of some biomass energy sources, this article describes efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels for heating in a Swedish city.

See here.  This will infuriate many environmentalists, and further outrage Democrats who are already outraged by potential extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.  The money quote from the NY Times Green Blog:

“Environmental advocates are furious. They fear a similar delay on the approaching start of one of the most far-reaching regulatory programs in American environmental history, the effort to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.  But in a striking turnabout, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute — which have been anything but friendly to Mr. Obama — are praising his administration.”

I’ve been reading various articles trying to figure out what have been the successes and failures at COP16 in Cancun so far, and came across this nice summary of happenings so far.

Here’s a list of blog posts discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in the case of American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, a common law nuisance suit against large electric utility companies that emit greenhouse gases.

SCOTUS Grants Cert in AEP v. Connecticut; Why the Threat of Tort Liability Should Remain as Part of the Balance of Powers by Doug Kysar

Cert in Connecticut v. AEP: Eight Comments by Jonathan Zasloff

UPDATE WITH ADDITIONAL POSTS:

Global Warming Goes Back to Court by Jonathan Adler

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