Disaster Law

Romney Versus Disaster Assistance

In assessing Romney’s argument that disaster response should be a state or private responsibility, we should consider his record in Massachusetts. In his last year as governor, Romney refused to provide state assistance when major floods hit western Massachusetts., even though the state government had ample funds.  Romney had already begun to run for President, …

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Romney’s Opposition to Federal Emergency Assistance in Disasters

The federal role in disaster response dates back to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, when General  Funston sent troops from the Presidio to deal with the city’s desperate emergency. Governor Romney seems dubious about this century-old federal role. During one of the GOP primary debates, Governor Romney was asked what he thought about the idea …

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Helpful Resources for Environmental Law Research

Berkeley’s law librarians have put together some great links and resources for environmental law research. Despite budget cuts, they still do amazing work. Here are some of the main resources. Basic Environmental Law Resources: Boalt Research GuideHelps you find print and electronic sources available at law school and university libraries for researching environmental law and …

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Disaster Law

Disaster issues have several links to environmental law.  Perhaps the most obvious is that climate change is likely to cause a sharp increase in the number of extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves.  Less obviously, disaster law is the flip side of environmental law, concerned with how nature impacts us rather than …

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