Minnesota Law Review Headnotes
Climate change has caused lawmakers, policymakers, and scholars to reassess the traditional role of federal, state, and local governments to regulate a broad range of environmental, energy, and land-use issues. While the problem of climate change would appear to be best addressed at the international, or at least the federal level, it has been local governments and states that have taken the first and most important steps in recognizing the problem and experimenting with different ways to address it. While some of these experiments show how the "lower" levels of government can have a significant and positive impact on national-level problems, these experiments also reveal limitations of such an approach, calling out for a response by "higher" levels of government.
Alexandra B. Klass, Climate Change and Reassessing the "Right" Level of Government: A Response to Bronin, 93 Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes 15 (2009), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/15.