Symposium to Focus on Economic Impact of Climate Change Legislation

February 8, 2010

Experts from the private sector and academia will examine the potential economic impact of climate change legislation Tuesday at a symposium sponsored by the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.

EnergyThe symposium will tackle topics including the regulatory responsibilities of state and federal governments and the industrial and international challenges posed by climate change legislation.

Student organizer Chad Logan of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal said the symposium will focus on "a discussion of the challenges the American energy economy faces in the implementation of climate change legislation and regulation."

The speakers include Cale Jaffe, a Law School lecturer and attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center; Vivian Thomson, a professor in the UVA Department of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Politics and the director of the Environmental Thought and Practice B.A. Program; Bill Murray, mananing director for corporate public policy at Dominion Power; and environmental law expert Jonathan Cannon.

"It's a very timely topic," Cannon said."The connection between energy policy and climate change policy is a close one, and the understanding of that connection is essential to coming up with a climate change policy that will work for the United States."

Cannon was recently involved with another environmental law conference held in Washington, D.C. , on Friday and Saturday. The Law School co-sponsored "Implementing Climate Change Policy," along with Columbia and Vanderbilt law schools and the Environmental Law Institute. The conference hosted scholars from top law schools, private-sector attorneys and top officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tuesday's symposium begins at 10 a.m. in Caplin Pavilion with a welcome from Logan and Cannon.

10 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

  • Chad Logan, Virginia Environmental Law Journal
  • Jonathan Cannon, Professor; Director, Environmental and Land Use Law Program, University of Virginia School of Law

Climate Change Regulation and Federalism: Allocating the Enforcement Responsibility Between States and Federal Agencies

  • Cale Jaffe, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Vivian Thomson, University of Virginia Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Politics; Director, Environmental Thought and Practice B.A. Program; Director, Panama Initiative

11 a.m.
Adapting to Climate Change Legislation: Industrial Concerns

  • Bill Murray, Dominion Power, Managing Director for Corporate Public Policy

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