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Book Review: Burns and Osofsky, Adjudicating Climate Change

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    May I ask a few questions:

    (i) Could you please say something about the spectrum of methodologies, ideologies, &c. represented by the essays in the book? E.g., do they all adopt a law & economics perspective, as you do in your second paragraph? Do any of the authors contest that climate change is happening or that it’s anthropogenic?

    (ii) Apropos of your last paragraph: Do any essays in the book address any gap between norms and actions? Offhand I might think that our current actions are more important for the well-being of future generations than would be our current norms.

    (iii) Apropos of “Has it enhanced or enriched or checked or disciplined our public discussion of fossil fuels? One would have to have a low opinion of the multi-billion dollar multinational enterprises so vitally dependent on the greenhouse gas status quo to think that. The indications from our law-making institutions—or, at least from the House and Senate—are all to the contrary”: sorry, I couldn’t get your meaning. The four alternatives in your first sentence seem too heterogeneous for the “that” in your next one, and it was hard to parse “to the contrary” — of what? Could you please explain?