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02 December, 2009 | (01 hr)

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Even as the Senate takes up climate change legislation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the green light to pursue regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions sources. The EPA is already in the process of developing regulation of vehicle emissions, corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, based in part upon the proposed California standard. The finding that GHG endangers human health, however, means that the EPA can regulate emissions from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA). On September 30th the EPA announced a proposal to require permits for large existing industrial facilities and new sources of GHGs under the CAA, estimated to cover 70% of the largest U.S. sources of GHG emissions. This webcast will show participants how an EPA-driven climate change policy will be significant not only for U.S. business and a U.S. carbon market, but also for the U.S. position in international negotiations in Copenhagen this December. The webcast includes an overview of the EPA’s Endangerment Finding for GHG emissions, an update of vehicle emissions regulation and standard development, and a discussion of regional cap and trade programs without a federally mandated scheme.

This webcast will discuss:

  • How GHG emissions regulation under the Clean Air Act will be applied to other sections of the economy beyond vehicles
  • How key special interest group demands will impact climate change policy
  • How the outcome of climate change legislative efforts will affect the U.S. negotiating position at the December 2009 UN meeting
  • Whether EPA regulation can support the transition to a low-carbon economy as effectively as a Congressional bill


Dr. John C. Dernbach

Dr. John C. Dernbach
Distinguished Professor of Law
Director, Environmental Law Center
Widener University School of Law

John C. Dernbach is Distinguished Professor of Law, focusing on administrative law, environmental law, property, international law, international environmental law, sustainability and the law, climate change and sustainable development. He has served as director of the Policy Office at the Pennsy...Full Bio

Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat

Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat
Covington & Burling, LLP
former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

Ambassador Eizenstat heads the firm’s international practice. His work at Covington focuses on resolving international trade problems and business disputes with the US and foreign governments, and international business transactions and regulations on behalf of US companies and others aroun...Full Bio

Franz Litz (Moderator)
Senior Fellow
World Resources Institute

Franz Litz leads the World Resources Institute’s state and regional climate change efforts and has considerable experience in the design of cap-and-trade programs. He has played an active role in advising the major regional climate change initiatives in the United States and Canada, as well...Full Bio

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