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Lessons from the Clean Air Act

Meeting // Washington

Carnegie Institution for Science


Jun 10 2019, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST


Building Durability and Adaptability into U.S. Climate and Energy Policy

Climate and energy policy must be durable and adaptable to be successful. However, these two concepts often seem to be in opposition. One venerable institution that exemplifies both ideas is the Clean Air Act, first passed by the United States Congress in 1963 with amendments passed in 1970 and 1990. The Act has resulted in remarkable improvements in air quality, with programs that reach across the entire economy and regulate various sectors and pollutants.

By examining the successes — and failures — of the Clean Air Act, an American Academy study group has identified lessons for improving future climate and energy policy-making in the U.S. at both the federal and state levels. Those lessons are described in a new book from Cambridge University Press, "Lessons from the Clean Air Act: Building Durability and Adaptability into U.S. Climate and Energy Policy."

This event, a partnership with Resources for the Future, will highlight how the conclusions presented in this book can be used to guide and create effective energy policies at all levels of government.

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Questions? Contact Courtney McLean

Speakers/Rough Agenda:

Keynote Address
Henry A. Waxman
former U.S. Representative from California
Chairman, Waxman Strategies
Waxman Strategies

Opening Presentations
Dallas Burtraw
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow
Editor, Lessons from the Clean Air Act
Resources for the Future

Ann E. Carlson
Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Editor, Lessons from the Clean Air Act
UCLA School of Law

John Randell
John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs Senior Program Director and Advisor to the President
American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Barry Rabe
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor of Environmental Policy; Professor of Political Science; Professor of the Environment; Director, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
University of Michigan

Panel discussion on implications for future policy
Moderated by Ann Carlson and Dallas Burtraw

Joe Aldy
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Jonathan Z. Cannon
Blaine T. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Hunton & Williams Professor Law Director, Environmental and Land Use Law Program
University of Virginia School of Law

Megan Ceronsky
Executive Director
Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy

Jeffrey R. Holmstead
Partner and Attorney
Bracewell LLP

Vickie Patton
General Counsel
Environmental Defense Fund

Phil Sharp
Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University