Climate Change Law and Regulations: Planning for a Carbon-Constrained Regulatory Environment

New Orleans, Louisiana
22 January 2015 - 23 January 2015
Hosted By: the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF)

Climate change policy in the US is actively being shaped by the states, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and through litigation. When, after years of intense controversy and debate, Congress failed to enact comprehensive climate change legislation, the states began filling the vacuum with their own cap-and-trade programs. More recently, EPA launched draft regulations under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act that would regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) from existing electric generating facilities nationwide. Climate change policy is also being made in the courtroom, from the recently decided US Supreme Court's Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, to ongoing environmental NGO litigation.

On 22-23 January 2015, the  Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation hosted a special institute in New Orleans to examine current issues in climate change regulation. As part of the program, Dr. Anne E. Smith, Senior Vice President and Co-Chair of NERA's Environmental Economics Practice, presented "Cap and Trade, Market Regulation, and Economic Factors Involved in Climate Change." Dr. Smith discussed the economic effects, costs, and benefits of various regulatory tools being used at state and regional levels to reduce GHG emissions, including cap and trade, taxation, renewable portfolio standards, efficiency standards, permitting regulations, and related regulatory solutions.

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