Lecture 2 - Principles and Strategies in Environmental Law

author: John Wargo, Yale University
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published: April 29, 2012,   recorded: January 2010,   views: 2704
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The United States' fragmented, piecemeal approach to environmental law is presented through the cases that led to the creation of major environmental statutes such as the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The variety of federal agencies and levels of government that participate in creating and implementing regulation contribute to the fragmentation of American environmental law. Environmental law seeks to balance the costs of environmental degradation with the economic benefits that companies reap. However, the uncertainty of environmental costs leads to a slow and ineffective regulation process.

Reading assignment:

Wargo, Green Intelligence, prologue

Weinberg, Understanding Environmental Law, chapter 1


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