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CAB comments on State Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Jan. 14, 2021 —  The Clean Air Board submitted comments to the Environmental Quality Board on Pennsylvania’s proposed rules to join and implement the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  In 2019, Governor Tom Wolf directed the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop a cap-and-invest program to control carbon pollution from power plants in Pennsylvania  CAB supports Pennsylvania the plan to join a regional emissions cap and trade program composed of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.  “It is critically important that Pennsylvania starts to meaningfully address its contribution to climate change,” CAB stated in its comments.

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The Clean Power Plan – Where is it now?

What is going on with the 2015 EPA Clean Power Plan?  The Clean Air Board will discuss the current status of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  President Trump has announced his intention to repeal the plan.  Can he do so?   EPA is holding listening sessions and will keep open a public comment period until April 26, 2018.   Learn more about the current status and the contentious issues.

Join us at the Clean Air Board community meeting  – 7 pm  March 1, 2018, Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA  17013

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Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

Professor Vandenbergh of Vanderbilt Law School will be speaking at Widener University Commonwealth Law School on Friday, Feb. 9, at noon (bring along your lunch), in Room A180 of the Administration Building, 3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, Pa., about a topic that could help reduce current political partisanship on climate change.  He will explain how private companies, on their own, can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a billion tons per year over the next decade.

The talk is based on a new book, Michael P. Vandenbergh & Jonathan M. Gilligan, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2017).

He will explain that private sector action provides one of the most promising opportunities to reduce the risks of climate change, buying time while governments move slowly or oppose climate mitigation. Starting with the insight that much of the resistance to climate mitigation is grounded in concern about the role of government, the talk will draw on law, policy, social science and climate science to demonstrate how private initiatives are already bypassing government inaction in the United States and around the globe.

The talk will combine an examination of the growth of private climate initiatives over the last decade, a theory of why private actors are motivated to reduce emissions, and a review of viable next steps.

This is an important talk about an important topic.  The program is free and open to all the Widener community and to the public. In addition, one free CLE (substantive) credit is available. Registration is not necessary.

A campus map, showing the administration building, is available here:  https://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/current-students/resources-for-current-students/campus-map/