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The Bleeding Edges of Climate Change Regulation: Current Activity in California and Australia

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Abstract:

Climate change, attributed to anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs), has become one of the most hotly debated policy issues of our time. In the next several years, wastewater utilities will likely be subject to a suite of GHG regulations at state and Federal levels. It is unclear exactly what these policies and programs will look like, however much can be learned by reviewing policies and regulations that are further along in the adoption process. Internationally, climate change policies are advancing faster than they are in the U.S. Even within the U.S., some states are moving forward with their own regulations in advance of the Federal programs. This paper will explore the regulations being adopted in Australia and California to share lessons learned and to shed light on policy elements that the U.S. Federal programs and other U.S. states may be considering.

Keywords: cap and trade; carbon footprint; climate change; greenhouse gas; regulation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864710798159075

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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