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Drawing insight from a diverse array of sources, Douglas A. Kysar exposes a critical flaw in the dominant environmental law and policy paradigm of risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis, which asks policy makers to, in essence, "regulate from nowhere." As Kysar shows, such an objectivist stance fails to adequately motivate ethical engagement with the most pressing and challenging aspects of environmental law and policy, which concern how we relate to future generations, foreign nations, and other forms of life. To compensate for these shortcomings, Kysar offers a novel reconceptualization of the precautionary principle and advocates a movement toward environmental constitutionalism in which the ability of life to flourish is always regarded as a luxury we can afford.
"Kysar's book should be indispensable reading for anyone interested in evaluating the use of cost-benefit analysis in the environmental context. His skepticism flows not from a political predisposition but from a highly nuanced argument that will change the course of the debate."-RICHARD REVESZ,author of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health
"At a time when nations seem unmotivated to address climate change and other looming catastrophes, Kysar reminds us why the questions posed by environmental law are some of the most urgent and ethically challenging in all of human governance. Using novel theoretical insights on cost-benefit analysis, the precautionary principle, sustainable development, and environmental constitutionalism, Regulating from Nowhere offers a bold and much-needed step forward."-JAMES GUSTAVE SPETH, author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability