Notes and Case Comments


The Threat Divider: Expanding the Role of the Military in Climate Change Adaptation

By: Gregg Badichek It is all but undeniable that climate change creates drastic national security concerns for the United States, despite the assertions of certain contrary political forces.   While the United States legislature  and judiciary  can and should play a direct role in addressing these risks by abrogating climate risk, the executive branch and its agencies, in comparison, possess tremendous opportunities and abilities to do so.  Specifically, the armed forces under the DoD  face unique challenges, but also possess unique advantages, in the realm of climate change adaptation.  Certainly the military divisions under the executive play a paramount role in hemming national security risks; due to its developing expertise, the possibility of the military’s enormous influence in the realm of climate change adaptation should be recognized and embraced. This Note argues that the military’s role in climate change adaptation—specifically in regards to national security threats domestically and abroad—should be […]


Looking in the Side-View Mirror: Assessing the Current and Future State of the Solar Energy Industry as it Reaches the Mainstream

By: Brian Palumbo The popularity of solar energy has risen as its cost has rapidly decreased since 2005.   A Deutsche Bank projection claims that the cost of solar energy will reach grid parity  by 2016, and an International Energy Agency report asserts that by 2050, solar energy could be a viable source of electricity worldwide.   On its face, these projections depict a bright future for solar energy and society.  Yet solar energy’s presence as an alternative form of energy might be more vulnerable than forecasts depict.  With the upcoming expiration of valued government incentives and pushback from energy competitors, solar energy will not run untouched to the end-zone.   In other words, solar energy approaches a critical juncture where its deficiencies might come to the forefront.  To view these vulnerabilities, a qualitative investigation of solar energy is required.  Solar energy is growing at a remarkable rate,  yet there […]