Volume 19, Issue 3: Creating a Legal Framework for Sustainable Energy

Articles

Energy Nationalism, Consumer Style: How the Quest for "Energy Independence" Undermines U.S. Ethanol Policy and Energy Security

The United States biofuel market has grown rapidly since 2000 due to the numerous benefits biofuels present as an alternate energy source. However, this speedy launch has slowed due to concerns about the monetary advantage of producing biofuels and the food/fuel competition. Perhaps the greatest obstacle to biofuel growth is the nationalist bias of U.S. energy policies. This Article discusses the impracticality of maintaining a nationalist biofuel policy, as numerous tropical countries have a greater cost and efficiency advantage due to the temperate climates. Read more about Energy Nationalism, Consumer Style: How the Quest for "Energy Independence" Undermines U.S. Ethanol Policy and Energy Security

  • June 2008
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U.S. Coal Reserves Key to National and Energy Security

The United States is increasingly reliant on fossil fuels, most heavily depending on imported petroleum. This dependence poses a threat to national security (due to the instability and unrest in the Middle East, where most of the imports come from) and the economy (due to the increasing prices of imported petroleum). This Article argues that the U.S. should shift its reliance to coal, as it is more abundant and available nationwide. Read more about U.S. Coal Reserves Key to National and Energy Security

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Ethanol: Law, Economics, and Politics

Government policies and interest group support for ethanol are major factors that have fostered increases in production. While ethanol has widespread public support due to its perceived benefits for energy security and air quality, increasing its production will likely be costly and could cause more emissions. This Article provides a comprehensive overview of the ethanol issue and conducts a cost-benefit analysis, assessing the impact of increasing production. Read more about Ethanol: Law, Economics, and Politics

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Governing Confusion: How Statutes, Fiscal Policy, and Regulations Impede Clean Energy Technologies

Sharon (Jess) Chandler

New technologies, which have not yet been built, will play a critical role in reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) through equipment and infrastructure changes. However, there are many barriers to the large-scale adoption of GHG-reducing technologies, including the difficulty in transitioning these technological innovations from invention to marketplace. This Article discusses the legal barriers to deploying clean energy technologies that arise from fiscal policy, regulation, and statutes. Read more about Governing Confusion: How Statutes, Fiscal Policy, and Regulations Impede Clean Energy Technologies

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Power Paradox: The Algorithm of Carbon and International

The Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) intended to lower carbon emissions in developing nations, a necessary measure as developing countries are expected to be responsible for a majority of the CO2 emissions before 2035. However, CDM did not motivate comprehensive investment in developing countries’ renewable energy efforts. This Article examines what projects and legal structures will be beneficial in deploying renewable energy in these countries. Read more about Power Paradox: The Algorithm of Carbon and International

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The Natural Gas Industry: Lessons for the Future of the Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Industry

David Schwartz

While the United States is a global leader in both the production of carbon dioxide and natural gas, its natural gas industry is fully developed and has an impressive infrastructure. The incredible natural gas industry is responsible for the rise of the CO2 capture-and-storage (CCS) industry, which presents a feasible method to lowering emissions while still allowing the U.S. to continue using fossil fuels. Read more about The Natural Gas Industry: Lessons for the Future of the Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Industry

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Introduction

The articles in this symposium address the increasing public concern surrounding the energy crisis and United States energy policies. The articles focus on how the U.S. has responded to the crises and discuss four main themes, including what the nation's future strategy should be, how to best engage with the international community, which technologies are critical to energy solutions, and where the future of coal will be. This Introduction highlights the papers in this issue of SLPR, pointing to their conclusions and implications for the future. Read more about Introduction

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