Greenhouse Gas Regulation (CO2), Local Land Use Authority, and 42 USC 7431

Synopsis
Student Note exploring a potential limitation (42 USC 7431) on the preemption of local land use regulations by federal greenhouse gas regulations (CO2). The Note argues that federal law might not preempt, per se, regulations by local authorities related to global warming because 1) land use is a quintessential function of local government, 2) 42 USC 7431 apparently limits Clean Air Act regulations that may interfere with local land use authority, and 3) the Clean Air Act is not a comprehensive regulatory scheme. Thus, local authorities may have planning and policy-making tools available to shape local policies related to global warming.

Cite As (Article provided here by permission. Please cite to Regent University Law Review as the first publisher.)
Shannon Brown, Note, A Fly in the Ointment: Why Federal Preemption Doctrine and 42 U.S.C. § 7431 Do Not Preclude Local Land Use Regulations Related to Global Warming, 23 Regent U. L. Rev. 239 (2010-11).

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A Fly in the Ointment: Why Federal Preemption Doctrine and 42 USC 7431 Do Not Preclude Local Land Use Regulations Related to Global Warming