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President Obama's Climate Action Plan in the Near Term: Expectations, Concerns, and Opportunities

September 30, 2013

An ELI Research Seminar

The rollout of regulations under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan has begun, including rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the early key dates is September 20—the deadline for a new proposal from EPA for Clean Air Act carbon emissions standards for new or future power plants. The Supreme Court is also expected to decide whether to grant certiorari on challenges to EPA's suite of existing Clean Air Act climate rules by the end of September.

Our brown-bag event featured an Administration official, a representative from a non-governmental environmental organization, and an industry representative discussing the President’s priorities and upcoming benchmarks related to climate issues. They provided their reaction to the Climate Action Plan and identified possible shortcomings and suggested areas to emphasize, including implementation concerns as well as business opportunities and risks.

Panelists:
David W. Wagner, Associate, Reed Smith LLP (moderator)
Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Jennifer A. Smokelin, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
Dan Utech, Deputy Director for Energy and Climate Change, White House Domestic Policy Council

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