U.S. Climate Policy at a Crossroads: Study Group at Harvard Kennedy School

The Kennedy School’s Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and the Harvard Law School Environmental Policy Initiative is sponsoring a two-seminar study group this term, “U.S. Climate Policy at a Crossroads: State v. Federal or State with Federal?” The study group will meet from 4:30-6:00 PM in the Fainsod Conference Room, Room 324 of the HKS Littauer Building, on Monday March 30 and Monday April 6, 2015.

Monday, March 30, 2015 – In the first session, David W. Cash* will discuss state level actions addressing climate change and the diversity of responses by state environmental and energy offices to EPA’s proposed ​Clean Power Plan. The pros and cons of a variety of policy options will be discussed.

Monday, April 6, 2015 – In the second session, Kate Konschnik** will guide a discussion on the legal dimensions of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, its reliance on the Clean Air Act’s Section 111(d), and the legal challenges that are looming.

*David W. Cash (KSG, PhD 2001) is currently a Senior Fellow at HEPG and an affiliate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He was a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and a Commissioner at the Department of Public Utilities. He was one of the architects of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (the first carbon emissions trading program in the U.S.) and a senior member of Governor Deval Patrick’s team that transformed the state’s energy landscape.

**Kate Konschnik is a Lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Policy Initiative. Previously, Kate served as Chief Environmental Counsel to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and directed his staff on the Oversight Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. From 2002 to 2009, Kate also served as an environmental enforcement trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice.

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