Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States: A Preview

In November, the Environmental Law Institute will publish Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (Michael B. Gerrard & John C. Dernbach eds.). The book is a playbook of state, local, federal, and private legal pathways for enabling the United States to address what is perhaps the greatest problem facing this country and the rest of humanity.

Over 35 separate chapters, it identifies hundreds of legal options for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.  It builds on the U.S. work of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, and has been prepared in collaboration with that organization.

Many of the chapters in this book have been, or soon will be, published as articles in the Environmental Law Reporter. Here is a list of those chapters, with links:

Introduction, by John Dernbach, here

Ch. 3 – Individual and household behavior, by Michael P. Vandenbergh and Paul C. Stern, here

Ch. 9 – Energy efficiency, by Kit Kennedy, here

Ch. 10 – New buildings, by Lee Paddock and Caitlin McCoy, here

Ch. 14 – Light-duty vehicles, by Amy L. Stein and Joshua Fershée, here

Ch. 18 – Utility-scale renewables, by Michael B. Gerrard, here

Ch. 20 – Electric transmission and distribution grid, by Alexandra B. Klass, here

Ch. 21 – Nuclear energy, by David A. Repka and Tyson R. Smith, here

Ch. 22 – Hydropower, by Charles R. Sensiba, Michael A. Swiger, Sharon L, White, here

Ch. 28 – Carbon capture and sequestration, by Wendy B. Jacobs and Michael Craig, here

Ch. 29 – Negative emissions technologies and direct air capture, by Tracy Hester, here

Ch. 30 – Carbon-neutral agriculture, by Peter Lehner and Nathan A. Rosenberg, here