Climate Change Seminar (3 credits)

This seminar will include an overview of the causes and effects of global climate change and some of the methods available to control and adapt to it. We will examine the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. We also will cover domestic U.S. efforts to address climate change. We will evaluate various legal tools that are available to address climate change, such as cap-and-trade schemes; carbon taxation; command-and-control regulation; litigation; adaptation; and voluntary action. I anticipate that the roles of different strategies such as energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, nuclear power, coal, forestry and agriculture will receive attention as well. The course is a paper course. To complete the paper a student must: 1) develop a substantive topic proposal; (2) prepare an outline for the paper; 3) submit a draft of the paper; 4) make an oral presentation to the class; and 5) submit a final paper. Active class participation is expected.