EVST 255 - Lecture 2 - Principles and Strategies in Environmental Law

Lecture 2 - Principles and Strategies in Environmental Law

Overview

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.

Resources

Assignment

Wargo, Green Intelligence, prologue

Weinberg, Understanding Environmental Law, chapter 1

Course Media

Transcript

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Audio

mp3

Low Bandwidth Video

mov [100MB]

High Bandwidth Video

mov [500MB]