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Judges in the Hot Seat: How Does the Legal System Deal with Climate Change?
Energy Online (2008)
  • Richard O. Faulk
Abstract
Even if a consensus of scientists has seemingly confirmed the existence of global climate change, it is unlikely that their conclusions will have the last word. Instead, like so many other social problems, the practical problems of climate change will be addressed primarily by our legal system—and will be decided by judges, not by the empirical elite. Even if some jurists abstain because the questions are too “political,” experience shows that great controversies—even those which are ultimately proven to be false—inevitably attract counsel and impose great burdens on the participants and society before they are resolved.
Keywords
  • climate change,
  • global warming
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring 2008
Citation Information
Richard O. Faulk. "Judges in the Hot Seat: How Does the Legal System Deal with Climate Change?" Energy Online (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/richard_faulk/20/