Addressing climate change demands a fundamental change in United States energy policy and a major infrastructure for a renewable energy future. Yet the boom in natural gas development and expanding demand for energy in developing nations argue poorly for reductions in fossil fuel use. This Article documents how the federal government has resorted to some measure of environmental exceptionalism by rationing environmental law to expedite renewable energy development in the context of the seismic shifts in U.S. energy policy. Despite the many arguments in opposition to rationing environmental law, this Article concludes that the realities of climate change and the lack of progress despite other minor administrative efforts support rationing as a measured response necessary to human survival.

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