Environmental Politics and Law

Yale Course , Prof. John Wargo

Lecture 1: Introduction to the Course

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Environmental Politics and Law (EVST 255)

Professor John Wargo introduces the central question of the course, "Can law shape a sustainable future for ten billion people?" The purpose of the course is to examine the most important U.S. laws adopted over the past forty years, and to evaluate their effectiveness. Lectures will present histories of nuclear experimentation, industrial and organic agriculture, air quality, plastics, wilderness, green building certification, and land use regulation. By the end of the course students will be exposed to diverse statutory and regulatory strategies to prevent pollution, reduce wastes, protect human health, conserve energy, and to protect wild lands.

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This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

Course Description :

Introduction to the Course - Principles & Strategies in Environmental Law - Nuclear Experiments - Nuclear Secrecy and Ecology - Preparing for War: NEPA - Marine Food-Chains: Mercury - Site Restoration Law - Chemically Dependent Agriculture - Risk and Law: Pesticide Paradigm - Safety Claims and Free Speech: Preemption and Defamation - Air Quality Law: Margins of Safety - Vehicle Emissions and Public Transit - The Quiet Revolution in Plastics - The Tobacco Paradigm - Evolution of Tobacco Law - Land Use and Conservation Law: The Adirondack History - Property Rights and Public Lands Management - Land Use Law and Property Rights

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