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

In early 2019, 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 easily among the greatest problems facing this country and the rest of humanity.

Over 35 separate chapters, it identifies more than a thousand 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.

Here is the complete Table of Contents, showing chapters that were published as articles in the Environmental Law Reporter, with links:

Introduction, by John C. Dernbach (published as Postscript to other articles in Environmental Law Reporter)

I. CONTEXT

Ch. 1.  Technical and Policy Aspects of Deep Decarbonization in the United States, by Jim Williams, David Ismay, Ryan Jones, Gabe Kwok, and Ben Haley

 

II. CROSS-CUTTING APPROACHES TO REDUCING EMISSIONS

Ch. 2.  Carbon Pricing, by Shi-Ling Hsu

Ch. 3.  Individual and Household Behavior, by Michael P. Vandenbergh and Paul C. Stern

Ch. 4.  Law for Technological Innovation, by Gary E. Marchant

Ch. 5.  Financing Large-Scale Projects, by Robert Freedman, Monica Lamb, and Claire Melvin

Ch. 6.  Financing at the Grid Edge, by C. Baird Brown

Ch. 7.  Materials Consumption and Solid Waste, by Michael Burger

Ch. 8.  Trade Considerations for Decarbonization Strategies, by Elizabeth Trujillo

 

III. ENERGY EFFICIENCY, CONSERVATION, AND FUEL SWITCHING IN BUILDINGS AND INDUSTRY

Ch. 9.  Lighting, Appliances, and Other Equipment, by Kit Kennedy

Ch. 10.  New Buildings, by Lee Paddock and Caitlin McCoy

Ch. 11.  Existing Buildings, by James Charles Smith

Ch. 12.  Industrial Sector, by Gregg P. Macey

 

IV. ENERGY EFFICIENCY, CONSERVATION, AND FUEL SWITCHING IN TRANSPORTATION

Ch. 13.  Transforming Transportation Demand, by Trip Pollard

Ch. 14.  Light-Duty Vehicles, by Amy L. Stein and Joshua Fershee

Ch. 15.  Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Freight, by Andrea Hudson Campbell, Avi B. Zevin, and Keturah A. Brown

Ch. 16.  Aviation, by Aoife O’Leary

Ch. 17.  Shipping, by Aoife O’Leary

 

V. ELECTRICITY DECARBONIZATION

Ch. 18.  Utility-Scale Renewable Generating Capacity, by Michael B. Gerrard

Ch. 19.  Distributed Renewable Energy, by K.K. DuVivier

Ch. 20.  Transmission, Distribution and Storage: Grid Integration, by Alexandra B. Klass

Ch. 21.  Nuclear Energy, by David A. Repka and Tyson R. Smith

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

Ch. 23.  Electricity Charges, Mandates, and Subsidies, by Jim Rossi

Ch. 24.  Phasing Out the Use of Fossil Fuels for the Generation of Electricity, by Steven Weissman and Réna Kakon

 

VI. FUEL DECARBONIZATION

Ch. 25.  Bioenergy Feedstocks, by Blake Hudson and Uma Outka

Ch. 26.  Production and Delivery of Low Carbon Gaseous Fuels, by Romany M. Webb and Melinda E. Taylor

Ch. 27.  Production and Delivery of Bioenergy Fuels, by James M. Van Nostrand

 

VII. CARBON CAPTURE AND NEGATIVE EMISSIONS

Ch. 28.  Carbon Capture and Sequestration, by Wendy B. Jacobs and Michael Craig

Ch. 29.  Negative Emissions Technologies and Direct Air Capture, by Tracy Hester

Ch. 30.  Carbon-Neutral Agriculture, by Peter Lehner and Nathan A. Rosenberg

Ch. 31.  Forestry, by Federico Cheever with Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., and Robert L. Fischman

 

VIII. NON-CARBON DIOXIDE CLIMATE POLLUTANTS

Ch. 32.  Black Carbon, by Melissa Powers

Ch. 33.  Methane, by Steven Ferrey with Romany M. Webb

Ch. 34.  Fluorinated Gases, by Nathan Borgford-Parnell, Stephen Oliver Andersen, and Durwood Zaelke

Ch. 35.  Nitrous Oxide, by Jessica Wentz and David Kanter