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    • 20620-01
    • Meeting the COP 21 Targets for U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reductions
    • Sussman
    • Tue 2:30 PM-4:20 PM
    • 2
    • -
    • open enrollment
    • paper required

    Meeting the COP 21 Targets for U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reductions: Legal, Policy and Technology Choices for the New Administration (20620). 2 units. This seminar will bring into focus the choices facing the new president by examining the range of policy tools that could be deployed to meet the US COP-21 goals. The objective will be to challenge students to think critically about the constraints and opportunities associated with different strategies and options. The seminar would be broadly interdisciplinary, taking into account the legal, political, economic and technological dimensions of climate policy. With climate a front-burner issue in the waning days of the Obama Administration and the high likelihood that it would be an immediate priority for a new Democratic president, the issues should have great currency and relevance. Students will draft a 6 to 8 page paper examining an existing state or federal GHG reduction program, critiquing its effectiveness and providing options to strenthen it to achieve additional GHG reductions. In the second half of the term students will divide into teams to develop presentations on one of two topics: (i) Is new climate legislation needed and what should it accomplish? and (ii) What strategies and initiatives should the new president choose to implement to achieve the COP-21 2015 emission reduction targets? In addition, two students will be asked to volunteer to make short (5-8 minute) "discussion-starter" comments in each class. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation (30 percent), the mid-term paper (30 percent) and the team presentations (40 percent). Paper required. Enrollment capped at 9 Law students. Also F&ES 847a. R. Sussman.

    Location: KRN - 321 (Tue)
    Grade mode: graded
    CRN: 14049