Reducing carbon emissions is clearly good for the environment but often imposes substantial costs. Has the Environmental Protection Agency considered the costs and benefits of its regulatory mandates fairly and appropriately?
Jody Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program. Her book, Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (co-edited with Michael Gerrard), was published in 2015. She served in the White House as counselor for energy and climate change in 2009-10. She has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process, and was elected a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. She also serves as an independent director of ConocoPhillips. She has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Guardian, Politico, and Foreign Affairs.
Charles D. McConnell is executive director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort to partner with industry and external stakeholders to create a reliable and affordable energy platform. He joined Rice in August 2013 after serving two years as the assistant secretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to joining DOE, he served as vice president of carbon management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio and had 32 years with Praxair, Inc. running global businesses. He holds a number of board positions in the energy market and has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1977) and an MBA in finance from Cleveland State University (1984).
Michael Nasi is a partner with Jackson Walker LLP where he practices environmental and energy law. He secures environmental permits for and is active in state and federal policy development on behalf of the electric power generation and mining industries. He helps coordinate multi-state outreach efforts regarding EPA's carbon dioxide regulations and has been involved in national and multi-state carbon capture technology development initiatives for the past 14 years. Nasi is counsel for rural electric cooperatives, mining companies, and other electric generation interests in ongoing EPA proceedings and appeals pending before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is the immediate past chairman of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section and an appointed member of the legislatively-created TCEQ Pollution Control Property Tax Exemption Advisory Committee.
Carl Pope, a veteran leader in the environmental movement, is the former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club. He's now the principal advisor at Inside Straight Strategies, looking for the underlying economics that link sustainability and economic development, and serves as a senior climate advisor to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has served on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics Inc, and Zero Population Growth. Pope is also the author of three books: Sahib, An American Misadventure in India; Hazardous Waste in America; and co-author along with Paul Rauber of Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress.
Carl Pope, Strategic Advisor to Michael Bloomberg and Mike Nasi, Evironmental and Energy Lawyer & Partner, Jackson Walker LLP debate whether the CPP is a trojan horse to get renewables into the system.