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 9: Emerging challenges in the global energy transition: a view from the frontlines

Shalanda H. Baker

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9. Shalanda Baker, Emerging challenges in the global energy transition: a view from the frontlines. This chapter considers, through an energy democracy framework, how Indigenous communities in Mexico are being impacted by renewable energy investments by private capital from the Global North sparked, in large part, by Mexico’s market-oriented energy transition. The renewable energy transition unfolding in Mexico provides a preview of what private-led renewable energy development might look like across the Global South, as well as the inherent tensions of doing business in a country that is still home to millions of Indigenous peoples. Indeed, countries throughout the Global South, such as Brazil, are closely watching Mexico’s market-driven reforms to determine whether they can be replicated. This chapter provides a window into emerging tensions resulting from this development path and explores how these tensions might be resolved utilizing an energy democracy framework.

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