Winston & Strawn hosted an eLunch briefing titled "Climate Change — Recent Developments and Recommended Action for Energy Users," on August 13, 2009.
Significant climate change developments are occurring in Congress, at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and in the courts. On June 26, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which introduced the first federal cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Senate also intends to propose its own climate change bill in the fall of this year.
In April, the EPA issued its proposed greenhouse gas endangerment findings and GHG emission reporting rule. Since then, a number of GHG lawsuits have been filed, and some decided, which attempt to achieve GHG reductions through litigation. These developments present energy users with both challenges and opportunities that are best addressed through early action to reduce GHG emissions and to manage energy needs and costs.
The speakers for this program were Winston & Strawn environmental partners William Hall, Jay Holloway, and May Wall; and of counsel attorney Liz Williamson who discussed:
- The key features of the House-passed climate change bill, and the upcoming Senate consideration of similar legislation
- The status of GHG litigation and where it is headed
- What energy users should be doing now to anticipate climate change legislation and manage energy costs
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