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Scholarship Highlights

Regulating Greenhouse Gases with NAAQS

Legal challenges and the recent U.S. presidential election have left the future uncertain for the Clean Power Plan, which regulates greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. Should the Clean Power Plan be weakened or not survive challenges, then stakeholders may litigate in an attempt to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use other authorities under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  A new working paper, co-authored by Prof. Jonas Monast,  examine the challenges and opportunities of using the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program to regulate greenhouse gases if the EPA must take this approach.

Illuminating the Energy Policy Agenda: Electricity Sector Issues Facing the Next Administration

The next president will take office during a period of rapid market and regulatory change for the U.S. electricity sector. Due to statutory deadlines, pending lawsuits, and agency rulemakings--if not by choice--the next president will tackle energy policy. To prepare policymakers for what promises to be a dynamic period in electricity law and policy, a new paper from the University of North Carolina Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics; the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative; and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions provides an overview of six key areas of federal policy, and for each area, identifies the decision points--in time or circumstances--that will force the next administration to make choices that shape the future of the grid. For each decision point, the paper explores the next president's options and the authorities that he or she could deploy.

2016 Festival of Legal Learning's Environmental Law Symposium papers

Eighteen Carolina Law students wrote Symposium papers focused on a wide variety of topics - including those related to energy development, agriculture, climate, environmental justice, and the red wolf.

Clean Air Act

Article Data Sets and Appendix

The data set for Game Over can be found here.  The Appendix for "A Long Slog: What a Ten Year Hydroelectric Relicensing Process Demonstrates about Public Participation and Administrative Regulation Theories" can be found here.

2015 Festival of Legal Learning's Environmental Law Symposium papers

Eleven Carolina Law students wrote Symposium papers focused on solar and other alternative energy sources, CCS, GMOs, statutes of repose, environmental justice, and more!

2014 Festival of Legal Learning's Environmental Law Symposium papers

Twenty Carolina Law students have written papers focused on a variety of topics for the 2014 Environmental Law Symposium. The individual papers may be found on the Environmental Law Project website.

Environmental Markets Produces Exceptional Scholarship

CLEAR is highlighting two exceptional pieces of work from the Spring 2013 Environmental Markets class. The first is a paper (PDF) by Jack Lyman focused on how CARB's offset invalidation provisions promote additionality in the California Carbon Market. The second, a paper (PDF) by Asher Spiller, details carbon leakage problems and the need for binding interstate climate compacts.

CE3 publishes Briefing Paper on States' Tax Authority

CE3 is publishing a briefing paper concerning Keystone XL and states' taxing authority. Authored by Tyler L. Burgess, the paper (PDF) details states' authority to tax interstate and foreign commerce to discourage pipeline siting within their borders.

CE3 Completes Climate Change Risk Disclosure Review

CE3 has completed a climate change risk disclosure review and is posting the completed briefing paper (PDF). R. Kyle Evans, Research Assistant and J.D. Candidate, Class of 2015, and Heather Payne, CE3 Fellow, have analyzed current practices and possible changes related to climate change disclosure, including the types of risks reported, federal and state approaches to disclosure, voluntary disclosure mechanisms, and emerging trends.

Thesis Concerning Analysis of State Disaster Recovery Plans

CE3 is publishing the Accepted Master's Thesis of UNC Planning student and CE3 Fellow Dylan Sandler on a proper framework for examining the adequacy of state disaster planning. Mr. Sandler, working with CE3 and the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security and Disaster Solutions, has exemained the literature and theories about what is required for effective disaster recovery plans, and has proposed a comprehensive framework for analyzing whether state Disaster Planning documents are adequate in terms of public participation, effectiveness, and comprehensiveness. This is the first posting of such a document. Read the thesis (PDF).

The Impact of Law on Private Sector Climate Change Adaptation

August, 2012 - Read the policy white paper (PDF) summarizing the workshop and conclusions from the workshop.

CE3 commissions report (PDF) on the role of non-profits in long term disaster recovery.

CE3 Research Fellow Analyzes the Potential for Parametric Insurance Products to Serve as a Model for a Proposed U.S. Catastrophe Risk Consortium and as a Catalyst for Disaster Mitigation and Climate Adaptation

CE3 Research Fellows Prepare Case Study Analyzing Best Methods of Insuring Against Avoided Deforestation Offset reversal

  • Ken Allinson, Matthew Dunand, P. J. Puryear, and Jeremy Tarr (White Paper (PDF))
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