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Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Edited by Michael Faure

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.

Chapter I.36: Transportation as a climate wedge and challenge under United States law

William W Buzbee

Subjects: environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.

Abstract

This chapter introduces the law and legal structures in the United States pertaining to the dual challenge of regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, focusing primarily on motor vehicles. Effective regulation must address both tailpipe emissions and the aggregate harms of motor vehicle use by millions of people and businesses. In the United States, transportation regulation has been a wedge catalyzing broader progress to mitigate climate change. State action and citizen litigation led to the critically important Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v EPA, which prompted executive action and then regulatory agreement to reduce motor vehicle tailpipe emissions. That regulation also triggered regulation of other major categories of GHG emitters. The chapter then discusses the thornier challenge of reducing high vehicles miles travelled. It closes by looking at areas of potential reform and needed future scholarship.

Abstract

This chapter introduces the law and legal structures in the United States pertaining to the dual challenge of regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, focusing primarily on motor vehicles. Effective regulation must address both tailpipe emissions and the aggregate harms of motor vehicle use by millions of people and businesses. In the United States, transportation regulation has been a wedge catalyzing broader progress to mitigate climate change. State action and citizen litigation led to the critically important Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v EPA, which prompted executive action and then regulatory agreement to reduce motor vehicle tailpipe emissions. That regulation also triggered regulation of other major categories of GHG emitters. The chapter then discusses the thornier challenge of reducing high vehicles miles travelled. It closes by looking at areas of potential reform and needed future scholarship.

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