This Essay concerns one current project to turn GHG reduction goals into actual laws that could achieve these goals. The project has four phases: (1) formulating the engineers’ recommendations; (2) identifying the existing laws that would help implement those recommendations, and the new laws that need to be written; (3) drafting the laws; and (4) attempting to persuade lawmakers at the federal, state, and local levels to adopt them. This Essay discusses each phase in turn. As will be shown, we are well into the third phase and starting the fourth, and are in need of volunteer lawyers to help with both.
This Essay also discusses an effort that grew out of the project that is the main subject – an effort to provide pro bono legal representation to communities that want renewable energy facilities but are facing opposition.
Environmental Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Michael B. Gerrard,
The Role of Lawyers in Decarbonizing Society,
Stan. L. Rev.
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