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270.72 sec. 001 - Pathways to Carbon Neutrality (Fall 2021)

Instructor: Fan Dai  
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Instructor: Robert Donald Infelise  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 134
From August 16, 2021
To November 22, 2021

Course Start: August 16, 2021
Course End: November 22, 2021
Class Number: 31989

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 24
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 29
As of: 01/25 05:06 PM

To avoid severe harm from climate change, society will need to drastically reduce emissions in the next few decades, and to limit global warming to well below two degrees, countries need to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. Subnational governments - states/provinces and cities -- are setting up their policies and targets towards this target. Examples include California's 2045 Carbon Neutrality Pathway and Shanghai’s 2025 carbon emission peaking plan. These pioneering efforts will ultimately need to be replicated at a much larger scale.

This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the policy and legal challenges facing these plans. The instructors and outside speakers will address the economic and technological unknowns that confront these plans, strategies and innovation for overcoming them. In both China and the U.S., subnational governments must work within the frame of constitutional structures and national legislation, raising federalism issues. In the United States, these issues take the form of preemption and dormant commerce clause limitations on state actions. In China, the relationship between national and local governments can also be complex. Apart from these federalism issues, speakers will also address the problems of designing the legal and regulatory mechanisms to achieve carbon reduction goals. Finally, the class will also consider emerging national efforts in China and the U.S., as well as other major economies to achieve dramatic emissions limitations.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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