By William C. G. Burns, Hari M. Osofsky

ISBN-10: 0521879701

ISBN-13: 9780521879705

Courts have emerged as a vital battleground in efforts to manage weather switch. during the last numerous years, tribunals at each point of presidency around the globe have obvious claims relating to greenhouse gasoline emissions and affects. those instances depend upon diversified criminal theories, yet all specialize in executive rules of weather switch or the activities of significant company emitters. This e-book explores weather activities in kingdom and nationwide courts, in addition to foreign tribunals, with the intention to clarify their regulatory value. It demonstrates the function that those circumstances play in broader debates over weather coverage and argues that they function an incredible strength in pressuring governments and emitters to deal with this important challenge. As legislation corporations and public curiosity corporations more and more improve weather perform components, the e-book serves as a vital source for practitioners, policymakers, and lecturers.

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22, 2008). Overview 17 Finally, even if the Kyoto Protocol, as originally drafted, were faithfully implemented by all industrialized nations it would constitute only an extremely modest down payment on what ultimately must be done to stabilize atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse emissions. This is true for two primary reasons. First, as indicated above, the Kyoto Protocol in its first commitment period calls for Annex I Parties to reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions by 5%. , supra note 16, at xi.

31 32 Stephanie Stern There has been increasing interest among state policymakers in regulatory models that force polluting entities to internalize the societal costs of their carbon dioxide emissions. S. 4 In 1993, well before the current flurry of climate change activity, Minnesota enacted an environmental cost valuation statute that requires utility companies to provide estimates of environmental costs associated with power generation. The statute empowers the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) to consider these costs when approving resource plans or issuing permits.

Litigation before the Minnesota Court of Appeals Following the Commission’s order setting final environmental cost values, a nonprofit trade association of fuel producers, users, and suppliers and an environmental coalition filed a certiorari appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The appeal alleged that the Commission’s decision to set values for carbon dioxide was improper. 37 With respect to carbon dioxide cost valuation, the court rejected the claim that the Commission should not be entitled to deference because it was acting outside the realm of its expertise when it evaluated the environmental impacts of carbon dioxide.

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