Emory International Law Review


Despite scientific consensus that climate change occurs and that the United States is a top emitter contributing to its effects, climate change remains a political debate in the United States. Because of the urgency in reducing the contribution to climate change and the continued interest in innovation for renewable energy sources by some states, this Comment proposes that those states should commit to an interstate agreement after analyzing the interstate organizations currently in place and each state's capacity for renewable energy. The United States should then use the interstate agreement to determine the United States' capacity to enter enforceable, binding treaties, allowing for less controversy around climate change domestically and better international relations from commitment to international climate change and renewable energy initiatives. Lastly, this Comment contains an analysis on potentially implicated laws and necessary consent under this proposal and describes remaining challenges.