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Coastal Planning, Federal Consistency, and Climate Change: A Recent Divergence of Federal and State Interests

Chad J. McGuire, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to identify the contrasting policy approaches being undertaken at the state and federal levels with respect to climate change and offshore resource development respectively, noting how these respective approaches are leading to a divergence between state and federal priorities in the marine environment. The divergent approaches identified will be placed in the context of the CZMA, particularly the federal consistency requirement of that act, which helps to define the relationship between state and federal actions in ocean waters. Legal issues that arise from this divergence will be identified and analyzed. We begin with identification of current policy approaches undertaken by the federal and state governments in relation to resource development and climate change adaptation.

Suggested Citation

Chad J. McGuire. "Coastal Planning, Federal Consistency, and Climate Change: A Recent Divergence of Federal and State Interests" Natural Resources & Environment 27.1 (2012): 41-46.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chad_mcguire/34