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Climate change presents the United States, and the world, with regulatory problems of a magnitude, complexity, and scope unseen before. The United States, however, particularly after the mid-term elections of 2010, lacks the political will necessary to aggressively address climate change. Most current books focus on climate change. Ending Dirty Energy Policy argues that the country will not adequately address climate change until we transform our fossil fuel energy policy. Yet there are signs that the country will support the transformation of our country's century-old energy policy from one that is dependent on fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy portfolio. A transformative energy policy that favors energy efficiency and renewable resources can occur only after we have abandoned the traditional fossil fuel energy policy, have redesigned regulatory systems to open new markets and promoted competition among new energy providers, and have stimulated private-sector commercial and venture capital investment in energy innovations that can be brought to commercial scale and marketability.Read more
- Balanced coverage of US energy law, policy and history, detailing its limited success and greater problems, for faculty and students
- Connects energy cases with actual environmental effects, as revealed by law and policy
- While focused on the US, the concept of 'new governance' found in the treatment is usable worldwide
Reviews & endorsements
"Tomain’s is that rare monograph on a subject as complex and even arcane as energy regulation, which is at once lucid, informative, and compelling in its explication and argument. The book reveals and integrates the wide range of technical, policy, and political issues that together make up the U.S. approach to energy."
– John S. Applegate, Indiana University
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"Written by one of the nation's foremost authorities on energy regulation, Ending Dirty Energy Policy takes a clear-eyed look at the history of how law and policy have led to the dominance of fossil fuels, and it lays out a path – admittedly mountainous and bumpy – to a transition to more (though certainly not total) reliance on efficiency and renewables. Many readers will agree; all will be provoked."
– Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School
"Ending Dirty Energy Policy is a cogent, careful, and – perhaps best of all – hopeful argument in favor of transforming our energy policy from dirty to clean."
– Lisa Heinzerling, Georgetown Law School
"One of the preeminent experts in U.S. energy law, Professor Tomain has written a powerful critique of antiquated ‘hard path’ approaches to energy regulation and offered an accessible introduction to the ‘soft path’ approaches that this nation will have to adopt to ensure an economically and environmentally sustainable future."
– Thomas O. McGarity, University of Texas, Austin
"Energy policy is the largest failure in U.S. history and the make or break issue for our future. Joseph Tomain offers a remarkably clear, cogent, and insightful assessment of our options and a plausible path forward."
– David W. Orr, Oberlin College
"Joseph Tomain presents a carefully researched, clearly written, and persuasive account of how the United States can reform energy policy. While the challenge is daunting, Tomain points the way forward by revealing how law, policy, and politics contributed to the creation of our carbon-based economy, and how these forces can be mobilized to achieve a new energy future."
– Sidney Shapiro, Wake Forrest University/
"...this timely book provides a good outline of the past, present, and likely future of US energy policy."
-A.A. Batabyal,Rochester Instuitute of Technology
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- Date Published: June 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521111096
- length: 320 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.56kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. A regulatory history of dirty energy law and policy
2. Protectionist assumptions
3. The next generation is now
4. Consensus energy policy
5. Fossil fuel future
6. Electricity future
7. Venture regulation
8. Smart energy politics
9. Conclusion – strategies for the energy future.
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- Energy and policy
- Intro to Sustainability
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