Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States provides a “legal playbook” for deep decarbonization in the United States, identifying well over 1,000 legal options for enabling the United States to address one of the greatest problems facing this country and the rest of humanity.
Edited by leading climate experts Michael B. Gerrard and John C. Dernbach, the book addresses in detail 35 different topics in as many chapters. These 35 chapters cover energy efficiency, conservation, and fuel switching; electricity decarbonization; fuel decarbonization; carbon capture and negative emissions; non-carbon dioxide climate pollutants; and a variety of cross-cutting issues. The legal options involve federal, state, and local law, as well as private governance. Authors were asked to include all options, even if they do not now seem politically realistic or likely, giving Legal Pathways not just immediate value, but also value over time.
And, for a limited time only, ELI Press is offering a free pdf download of Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States: Summary & Key Recommendations, which contains summaries of and key recommendations of the legal pathways identified in the longer volume. This shorter edition grows out of a desire to get the main messages to the broadest possible audience. And while both the scale and complexity of deep decarbonization are enormous, both books have a simple message: deep decarbonization is achievable in the United States using laws that exist or could be enacted.