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Dean Emeritus Joseph Tomain’s Latest Book Examines the Relationship Between Energy Law, Policy, and Politics


“Climate change presents the United States, and the world, with regulatory problems of a magnitude, complexity and scope unseen before,” wrote Tomain, the Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law in his book Ending Dirty Energy Policy: Prelude to Climate Change. “The United States, however, particularly after the mid-term elections of 2010, lacks the political will necessary to aggressively address climate change.”  Ending Dirty Energy Policy is an extended case study of the relationship between law, policy, and politics. The interaction of these three variables constitutes a model for the study of government regulation. Completed while the stories and the federal investigations of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster and the Deepwater Horizon offshore explosion were unfolding, Ending Dirty Energy Policy argues that the US will not adequately address climate change until it transforms its fossil fuel energy policy. Visit the website for more information and to read an excerpt.