11 March 2015

US and State Energy Policies

  • For the week of March 15, 2015
    Alexandra Klass, a Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, continues our discussion on environmental law from last week, focusing on carbon emissions and energy.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:11) How Professor Klass became interested in environmental law; (3:26) Federal and state guidelines on carbon emissions; (5:46) Minnesota’s energy policies; (7:36) The biggest hurdles states face when addressing carbon emissions; (10:42) North Dakota’s lawsuit over Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act; (12:00) The impact of the lawsuit on future energy policies in Minnesota

  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:19) The dormant commerce clause and its use in environmental law cases; (4:17) The future of the Keystone pipeline and how TransCanada used eminent domain; (6:30) Whether eminent domain can be used for wind and solar projects; (8:29) The impact of lawsuits against states’energy policies (9:40) Whether litigation can move fast enough to combat climate change