Using the Law to Solve Climate Change: What Can Pennsylvania Do?

On October 8, 2018, the United Nations scientific panel charged with tracking climate change issued a special report that dominated international headlines for days. The report painted a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and noted that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.”

What can we do to avoid the predicted catastrophic effects of climate change? 

That will be the subject of an important program on November 28, 2018, at 12:00 pm, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change, the program will address (1) the legal landscape for solutions to climate change, (2) the case for carbon pricing policies, (3) the authority under Pennsylvania law for carbon pricing; and (4) a specific proposal for using carbon pricing to make Pennsylvania a leader in fighting climate change while generating revenues for the Commonwealth.

Further program details can be found here: http://www.philadelphiabar.org/App/WebObjects/PBAReadOnly.woa/wa/eventNotification?style=1&eventID=0450L

Register for the program here: https://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/EventDetails?appNum=5&eventID=0450L.

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Now More Important than Ever: Legal Conference in Philadelphia on Climate Change

The result of the American presidential election highlights the need for bipartisan support for fighting climate change. The law and legal framework proposed to date can be used to build a variety of solutions to climate change, including harnessing the power of free markets to stimulate investment and growth in alternative energy supplies and technology. With the recent report from the science community that more needs to be done sooner to address climate change, our future will depend on our ability as a society to come together in support of reasonable laws to address the problem.

Our November 16 all-day CLE program will focus on the legal, policy, economic, and ethical issues involved in fighting climate change. Our outstanding speakers will address the impact the election will have on our efforts to fight climate change, the promotion of new technologies, and the chance for the United States to become the world leader in alternative energy and technologies, while at the same time supplying jobs at home.

In short, with the election of a new president the topics to be addressed on November 16 could not be more important. We hope you will consider attending. Learn more about our speakers and agenda and for a link to register go to www.climatechangecle.org

 

Attorneys to Tackle Climate Change at November 16th CLE

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WHEN
November 16, 2016
8:30am-6:00pm

WHERE
The Law Firm of Drinker Biddle
One Logan Square, Ste. 2000
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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WHAT
CLE Provided by the Philadelphia Bar Association
7.5 credit CLE course, including one ethics credit

A Call to the Bar, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council are convening lawyers and others concerned about our global future on November 16 to engage the legal community in climate change awareness, education, and action. Economist and author Jeffrey D. Sachs to address group from UN Climate Change Conference.

PHILADELPHIA (October 17, 2016) – With the evidence now overwhelming that carbon pollution is driving climate change, leading experts are coming together with the area legal community on November 16, 2016, at the law firm of Drinker Biddle to focus on this important question:

How can the legal community serve as a catalyst for action to address climate change?

Kicking off the discussion will be Jeffrey D. Sachs, the world-renowned economist, leader in sustainable development, and UN advisor, who will speak remotely from the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, where global leaders and experts will be discussing the next steps in implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted last year. The bestselling author and syndicated columnist Sachs has been called “probably the most important economist in the world,” by the New York Times.

Participants will hear from leading attorneys, state and federal government officials, and experts on energy and the environment on topics such as: the legal framework for addressing the challenge, the need for much stronger and quicker action, the economic case for action, legal and economic issues specific to Pennsylvania, and the ethical and philosophical argument for action by lawyers and others. Megan Ceronsky, Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President, will speak on a panel discussing the the Clean Power Plan. John Quigley, Senior Fellow at Penn’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and former PA Secretary of Environmental Protection, will share unique insights over lunch into the challenge here in Pennsylvania. The day will close with a hands-on discussion of what lawyers can do to spur action toward climate solutions.

“Attorneys have a vital role in responding to the threat of climate change,” said Steve Harvey, an attorney who founded A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change. “We need to get beyond the politics and find sensible, decisive solutions so we can preserve the planet for ourselves and our children.”

The event will be held at the law firm of Drinker Biddle, One Logan Square, Ste. 2000, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-6996. Please note that this is the new location, as the event was originally planned and announced for the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. Attorneys are eligible to receive seven and a half CLE credits, including one ethics credit. For registration and sponsorship information, please visit www.climatechangecle.org or contact Tara Phoenix at 215-238-6349 or by e-mail at tphoenix@philabar.org.

 

Check out the full itinerary and list of speakers here: http://www.climatechangecle.org/