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CPR Climate Change Bibliography


  • Frank Ackerman, Can We Afford the Future? Economics for a Warming World (Zed Books, 2009). Critical acclaim for Can We Afford the Future: “Frank Ackerman provides the ammunition that advocates of strong climate policy need to debunk the conclusion that stabilizing our future climate is 'too expensive'.” - Stephen H. Schneider, Stanford University; “This book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the major economic debates around the major new long-term challenge of our times - global warming. Frank Ackerman has done us all a great service with this very accessible critical survey of the varied and complicated issues involved.” - Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development
  • Frank Ackerman, Can Climate Change Save Lives? A comment on “Economy-wide estimates of the implications of climate change: Human health,” 66 ECOL. ECON. 8 (2008) (with Elizabeth Stanton)-refuted an article written by Francesco Bosello, Robert Roson and Richard Tol claiming that climate change and increased temperatures would save human lives
  • Frank Ackerman, Climate Economics in Four Easy Pieces, 51 DEV. 3 (2008) –argued against the use of CBA in climate economic policy
  • Frank Ackerman, Law and Economics for a Warming World, 1 HARV. L. & POL'Y REV. 331 (2007) (with Lisa Heinzerling) –addressed climate change with regard to public policy, and offered suggestions as to how to address climate change through new policy
  • Frank Ackerman, Bjorn Lomborg Misreads Climate Change Economics in Washington Post Op-Ed, CPRBlog, January 19, 2010, http://www.progressivereform.org/CPRBlog.cfm?idBlog=47C43313-BB9F-7619-44CBFCF39A04D04E –discussed Lomborg’s opinion that an international binding carbon emissions reduction treaty would be detrimental, and the evidence that says otherwise
  • David Driesen, “Neoliberal Instrument Choice,” in Economic Thought and U.S. Climate Change Policy (David Driesen, ed. MIT Press, 2009) –discussed how the US tendency toward free markets influenced the Kyoto Protocol, and the tension between short-term costs and effective regulation
  • David Driesen, Economic Thought and US Climate Change Policy (MIT Press, 2009) (edited volume)
  • Robert Glicksman, “The Failure of U.S. Climate Change Policy” (with Chris Schroeder) and “Anatomy of Industry Resistance to Climate Change: Running the Script,” in Economic Thought and U.S. Climate Change Policy (David Driesen, ed.)
  • Mona L. Hymel, Trading Greenbacks for Green Behavior: Oregon and the City of Portland’s Environmental Incentives, 5 CRITICAL ISSUES IN ENVTL. TAXATION (2007) (with Roberta F. Mann & Beth S. Wolfsong) – analyzed the use of fiscal instruments in Portland to encourage environmentally protective actions, and looked at how these programs affect different societal groups
  • Douglas Kysar, Lomborg Plays Economist-as-Philosopher-King on Climate Change, CPRBlog, Sept. 5, 2009, http://www.progressivereform.org/CPRBlog.cfm?fkScholar=33 –discussed the ideas of climate engineering proposed by Lomborg and his panel, who contend that options other than tax programs would be more beneficial in fighting climate change

Effect on trade

  • Frank Ackerman, The Carbon Content of Japan-US Trade, 35 Energy Pol’y 4455 (2007) (with Masanobu Ishikawa & Mikio Suga) –discussed the change in greenhouse gas emissions due to trade between the two countries and found a global decrease in emissions, while also finding that a much larger reduction (nearly half) could be made by American industry if the US imposed standards similar to those of Japan
  • David Wirth, contributions on International Trade Law to Green Paper entitled “Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice,” Climate Legacy Initiative (Tracy Bach & Burns Weston, eds., Vermont Law School 2009)

Environmental justice

  • Alice Kaswan, Environmental Justice and Domestic Climate Change Policy, 38 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10287 (2008) – discussed the lack of environmental justice issues addressed in climate change policy debates, how some of these issues could be addressed in cap-and-trade programs, and the larger-scale implications of how the issues could be addressed in future legislation
  • Alice Kaswan, Greening the Grid and Climate Justice, __Envtl. L.__ - argues for a comprehensive approach to climate policy that integrates environmental and economic justice
  • Amy Sinden, “An Emerging Human Right to Security from Climate Change: The Case Against Gas Flaring in Nigeria,” in Adjudicating Climate Change: State, National, and International Approaches (W.C.G. Burns & H.M. Osofsky eds., Cambridge University Press, 2008) –described the ruling of the Federal High Court of Nigeria against Shell for violating human rights by allowing gas flares in the Niger Delta, and how this model of holding multinationals responsible for climate change actions can be used in later cases
  • Amy Sinden, Climate Change and Human Rights, 27 J. Land Res. & Envtl. L. 255 (2007) – discussed climate change as a moral issue where laws will need to protect human rights, and how these rights have already been compromised by those who stand to gain something from climate change
  • Robert Verchick, “Adaptive Justice,” in Climate Change: A Reader (William Rodgers & Michael Robinson-Dorn, eds., 2009)

Federalism Issues

  • William Andreen, Federal Climate Change Legislation and Preemption, 3 ENVTL. & ENERGY L. & POL’Y J., 261 (2008); U of Alabama Public Law Research Paper No. 1348209 –analyzed whether greenhouse gas emissions regulation should continue on the state level or shifted to federal control; determined that federal regulation by one agency had more risk of failure and lack of innovation as compared to state regulation, and that GHG should continue to be controlled by states
  • William Andreen, et al., Cooperative Federalism and Climate Change: Why Federal, State and Local Governments Must Continue to Partner, White Paper #803, Washington, D.C.: Center for Progressive Reform (2008) –discussed the growing concerns of addressing climate change in environmental law, ultimately suggesting that the US continue to utilize state and local governments, as opposed to federal preemption
  • Kirsten Engel, “State Governance: Leadership on Climate Change,” in Agenda for a Sustainable America (with Marc L. Miller) (John Dernbach ed., Earth Island Press, 2009) –discussed state governments’ role in climate change regulation, since most of the initiatives have been statewide, thus far, but found that only a few states were focusing on sustainability-related issues
  • Kirsten Engel, Micro-Motives for State and Local Climate Change Initiatives, 2 HARVARD L. AND POL’Y REV. 119 (2008) (with Barak Y. Orbach) –analyzed why states have enacted climate change regulation, despite limited federal action, finding that some motives are from informed decisions, whereas others are from political biases
  • Kirsten Engel, The Politics of Local Climate Change Initiatives, 32 SUM ADMIN. & REG. L. NEWS 6 (2007) (with Barak Y. Orbach) –discussed how local climate change policies do not directly benefit those who spend money and time to impose these regulations, yet on a state and local level, policy makers were still making attempts to regulate GHG emissions, serving global interests instead of only self-interests
  • Daniel Farber, Federalism and Climate Adaptation, __SAN DIEGO ENERGY & ENV. J.__
  • Victor Flatt, Act Locally, Affect Globally: Why Local Government is the Best Arena for Engagement and Work with the Private Sector to Control Environmental Harms, 35 B.C. ENVTL. AFF. L. REV. 455 (2008); (Selected as a finalist for inclusion as one of the best land use and environmental law articles of the year in Journal of Land use and Environmental Law 2009) –suggested that local government regulation of environmental issues can have a global impact, and thus, such programs should be continued and encouraged
  • Lesley McAllister, Regional Climate Regulation: From State Competition to State Collaboration, 1 SAN DIEGO J. CLIMATE & ENERGY L. (2009).
  • Lesley McAllister, Federal Authority for Cap and Trade Programs under the Clean Air Act – analyzing the extent of authority that EPA has under the Clean Air Act to establish cap and trade programs to regulate air pollution
  • Nina Mendelson, Cooperative Federalism and Climate Change: Why Federal, State and Local Governments Must Continue to Partner (with William Andreen et al.), White Paper #803, Washington, D.C.: Center for Progressive Reform (2008) –discussed the growing concerns of addressing climate change in environmental law, ultimately suggesting that the US continue to utilize state and local governments, as opposed to federal preemption


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