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Beyond The Carbon Economy: Energy Law in Transition

Don Zillman, Catherine Redgwell, Yinka Omorogbe, and Lila K. Barrera-Hernández


The present energy economy, with its heavy dependence on fossil fuels, is not sustainable over the medium to long term for many interconnected reasons. Climate change is now recognized as posing a serious threat. Energy and resource decisions involving carbon fuels play a role in this threat. Fossil fuel reserves may be running short and many major reserves are in politically unstable parts of the world. Yet citizens in nations with rapidly developing economies aspire to the benefits of the modern energy economy. China and India alone have 2.4 billion potential customers for cars, industries, ... More

Keywords: fossil fuels, climate change, carbon economy, energy, public international law, renewable energy sources, new carbon fuels, nuclear power, demand controls, energy efficiency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199532698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Don Zillman, editor
President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Edward Godfrey Professor of Law, University of Maine at Fort Kent

Catherine Redgwell, editor
Professor of International Law and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Laws, University College London

Yinka Omorogbe, editor
Head of the Department of Public and International Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

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Part 1 Scoping and Overview

1 Introduction 

Donald N. Zillman, Catherine Redgwell, Yinka O. Omorogbe, Lila Barrera-Hernández, and Barry Barton

2 The Impact of Energy on Health, Environment, and Sustainable Development: The TANSTAAFL Problem 

George (Rock) Pring, Alexandra Suzann Haas, and Benton Tyler Drinkwine

Part 2 International and Regional Perspectives

8 Increasing Access to Clean Energy in Africa: Challenges and Initiatives 

Fui S. Tsikata, Abeeku Brew-Hammond, and Y. B. Osafo

Part 3 Sectoral Perspectives and Technology Based Approaches

9 Renewable Energy in National Legislation: Challenges and Opportunities

Richard L. Ottinger, Lily Mathews, and Nadia Elizabeth Czachor

11 Heavy Duty Transition Fuels: Oil Sands and Heavy Oil

Alastair R. Lucas, Chidinma B. Tbmpson, and Olurotimi Williams Daudu

15 Legal Aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage

Nigel Bankes, and Martha Roggenkamp

Part 4 National Perspectives

17 Energy for the Future: Brazilian Law and Policy

Yanko Marcius de Alencar Xavier

Part 5 Pulling the Threads Together: an Overview of the Challenges for Law of Moving Beyond a Carbon Economy

24 Overview and Conclusions

Donald N. Zillman, Catherine Redgwell, Yinka O. Omorogbe, and Lila Barrera-Hernández

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