Law as a discipline thus must seek greater prominence in the raging debates on the efficacy of modeling as a bioenergy policy driver. To ultimately determine law’s proper role, Part II of my article first assesses the universe of key economic and lifecycle models used in current bioenergy policy initiatives, as well as the models deployed in general environmental decision-making that could affect the siting and operation of biomass cropping and bioenergy facilities. Part III then dissects these models to uncover the multiple ways in which law can improve models both structurally and procedurally to achieve greater accuracy. The conclusion speculates that scientific modelers likely have ignored law’s valuable place at the table because of the value judgments inherent in policymaking, particularly under scientific uncertainty.
Recommended CitationJody M. Endres, The Legal Profession’s Critical Role in Systems-Level Bioenergy Decision-Making, 30 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 652 (2013)
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