UCLA Law Conference Webcast Today: State Climate Policy in the Trump Era

Symposium Features Sessions on California, Federal, and Multistate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policy

UCLA Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is hosting a full day event today on the timely topic of State Climate Policy in the Trump Era on Monday, May 22, 2017. There will be a live webcast for those who cannot join the event in person.

Full details are linked here.

And here’s a direct link to the live webcast.  The webcast will begin around 8:40 am, and the program will start at 9:15 am.

We expect to archive the webcast for viewing later, and will follow up with that link for anyone who can’t watch or attend in person today.

Updated agenda is below.

9:15-9:25am: Welcoming remarks

9:30-11am: Panel 1: California’s Climate Targets and Tools to Achieve Them

In its last session, the California legislature adopted an ambitious climate emissions reduction target for 2030 and gave the state Air Resources Board both additional authorities and new direction about how to reach that target.  This panel will examine implementation of three new California climate laws, SB 32, AB 197, and SB 1383, through exploration of their strengths, limitations, and open implementation questions on the path to 2030.

Cara Horowitz, Emmett Institute, UCLA School of Law

Edie Chang, California Air Resources Board
Alex Jackson, Natural Resources Defense Council
Chelsea Tu, Public Advocates

11-11:15am: Break

11:15-Noon: Conversation with Mary Nichols and Alice Reynolds: California’s Path Forward

Mary Nichols is Chair of the state’s Air Resources Board.  Alice Reynolds is the Senior Advisor for Climate, the Environment and Energy to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  They will discuss the priorities of ARB and the Brown administration as the state works to shore up progress on climate change, in light of the recent federal shifts on climate regulation.

Ann Carlson, Emmett Institute, UCLA School of Law

Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board
Alice Reynolds, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Noon-1pm: Lunch

1:15-2:45pm: Panel 2: State Strategies for Climate Resistance – Protecting federal safeguards and state progress

This panel will examine the risks posed by federal backsliding from current federal safeguards and state progress on environmental quality, and will explore countervailing strategies.  What actions are being taken, or could be taken, by California, other states, and environmental advocates to resist retrenchment and to protect state programs and progress?  The panel will discuss, for example, current California legislative proposals as well as litigation approaches to resisting federal law rollbacks, including efforts to protect California’s landmark transportation emission-control measures under the Clean Air Act.

Sean Hecht, Emmett Institute, UCLA School of Law

Kassie Siegel, Center for Biological Diversity
Craig Segall, California Air Resources Board
Henry Stern, California Senator

2:45-3pm: Break

3-4:30pm: Panel 3: State Strategies for Climate Resistance, cont’d. – Interstate implications and collaborations

This panel will continue examining countervailing strategies to preserve progressive climate action.  What steps are being taken, or could be taken, by collaborations of states acting together to advance climate regulation?  The panel will assess the potential of coordinated state work.

Alex Wang, Emmett Institute, UCLA School of Law

Ann Carlson, Emmett Institute, UCLA School of Law
Chris Davis, Governor’s Advisor on Carbon Markets, Washington State
Daniel Sosland, Acadia Center



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Sean B. Hecht is the Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice, and Co-Director o…

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