Energy Justice
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Energy Justice

US and International Perspectives

Edited by Raya Salter, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner

Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives is a pioneering analysis of energy law and policy through the framework of energy justice. While climate change has triggered unprecedented investment in renewable energy, the concept of energy justice and its practical application to energy law and policy remain under-theorized. This volume breaks new ground by examining a range of energy justice regulatory challenges from the perspective of international law, US law, and foreign domestic law. The book illuminates the theory of energy justice while emphasizing practical solutions that hasten the transition from fossil fuels and address the inequities that plague energy systems.
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Chapter 2: Fairness in the low-carbon shift: learning from environmental justice

Uma Outka

Abstract

2. Uma Outka, Fairness in the low-carbon shift: learning from environmental justice. The environmental justice movement in the United States forged a pivotal connection among concerns for social justice, civil rights, and environmental protection. Today, as climate change drives a shift in the energy sector away from fossil fuels and toward low-carbon resources, calls for “energy justice” and “climate justice” expand the environmental justice movement’s conceptual reach in the modern context. The link between climate change, energy, and environmental justice is unmistakable: the energy sector contributes to climate change more than any other industry; climate change is predicted to affect environmental justice communities most; and the energy sector has a long history with environmental injustice. The chapter provides practical guidance on integrating environmental justice principles into the law and policy governing the renewable energy transition.

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