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The Road to a Price on Carbon Webinar
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While the U.S. has both regional and state level carbon pricing systems in operation, the prospects for a national price on carbon are hazy. This panel will discuss lessons learned from two carbon pricing systems, how we might get to a national solution and what that could look like. The discussion will explore National support from across the political spectrum Support for carbon fee vs cap and trade The importance of revenue neutrality Revenue use, & Economic impacts of these policies

When: September 21, 2015
1pm - 2:30pm EST
Where: Webinar
Contact: Daniel Kreeger

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While the U.S. has both regional and state level carbon pricing systems in operation, the prospects for a national price on carbon are hazy. This panel will discuss lessons learned from two carbon pricing systems and explore how we might get to a national solution and what that could look like.

Expert panelists will discuss and take questions on:

·       British Columbia’s Carbon Tax, and

·       California’s Cap and Trade

·       The fee and dividend proposal advocated by Citizens’ Climate Lobby

The discussion will explore:

·       National support from across the political spectrum support for putting a price on carbon

·       Support for carbon fee vs. cap and trade

·       The importance of revenue neutrality

·       Ideas about what to do with the revenue

·       The idea that an emissions reduction policy can be good for the economy 


Mark Reynolds, Executive Director, Citizen's Climate Lobby

Mark Reynolds, Executive Director joined Citizens' Climate Lobby at which point there were six groups and 24 active volunteers. He has been the driving force for the growth of the organization causing it to double in size for five consecutive years. Mr. Reynolds wrote and developed the curriculum for training CCL chapters. He is a sought after keynote speaker on the issues of carbon pricing and building grassroots support. Previously Mark served as an executive director for a publicly traded company, founded and built multiple start-ups and was a productivity and effectiveness consultant for US and Canadian companies.

Stewart Elgie, Professor of Law and Economics, University of Ottawa

Professor Stewart Elgie specializes in environmental and natural resources law and policy. He is also the associate director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment.  From 1992 to 2001, Professor Elgie was the founder and managing lawyer of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, now Canada’s largest public interest environmental law organization. In that role, he advised over 100 environmental, community and First Nations groups across Canada, and served as counsel on a number of precedent-setting public interest environmental cases across Canada – including four successful appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada on major environmental-constitutional cases. Prior to founding SLDF, he worked as an environmental lawyer in Alaska, including litigating against Exxon over the Valdez oil spill.  From 2001 to 2003, Elgie was the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Trust: a foundation supporting conservation of Canada’s northern forest ecosystems.   In 2007, he founded Sustainable Prosperity, a research and policy initiative that brings together leaders from business, environment, academia and government to  build a vision of transforming Canada to a truly sustainable economy through fiscal and policy reforms.   Professor Elgie has served on government advisory bodies on a range of issues, including: the NAFTA environmental side agreement, endangered species legislation, parks legislation, environmental assessment, and trade and the environment.  He is a frequent witness before Parliamentary committees on environment matters, and spearheaded a successful campaign for federal endangered species legislation (passed in 2002).  He has previously taught at Osgoode Hall Law School (part-time, 1997-2002), University of British Columbia (part-time, 1993-96) and University of Alberta (full-time, 1990-92). He has published numerous articles in academic and non-academic journals on a variety of environmental policy and law subjects.  In 2001, Professor Elgie was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal (LSM) for exceptional contributions to law, one of the youngest persons ever to receive the profession’s highest honour. In 2003, he also received an Achievement Award from the federal Environment Minister for his leadership role in the development of Canada's endangered species law.

David Littell, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

David Littell joined RAP as a principal in 2015. He is advising state officials, public utility commissions and environmental regulators on resolution of complex energy, pollution and economic issues. David serviced as a Commissioner on the Maine Public Utilities Commission from 2010 to 2015 and as Maine’s Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection from 2005 to 2010. In both capacities, David served as chair, vice chair and treasurer in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). He also established new wildlife and birds habitat protections and consumer toxic regulations among other initiatives as Maine’s Environmental Commissioner. He served as co-chair of the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Committee on the Environmental and chair of the New England Governors Committee on the Environment. He also served as chair of the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union, on the board of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI), as vice-chair of the NARUC Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation, and on the Executive Board of the Carbon Registry. At the Maine DEP, he directed and led a department of more than 400 scientists, engineers, geologists and environmental specialists in developing and implementing programs to protect and improve Maine’s air, water, and environmental quality. During his time at DEP, the DEP permitted more capital investment in Maine projects in energy, wood products and pulp & paper industries, the defense industry, and commercial infrastructure than during any comparable time in the state’s history. And during his term as Commissioner, the Maine DEP implemented significant initiatives to address climate change including the RGGI) and Maine’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010 and 10% below 1990 levels by 2020. Maine met the 2010 goal and is on track to meet the 2020 reduction goal. David holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University and has been honored as a distinguished policy scholar by the University of Maine. He practiced as a partner at Maine’s largest law firm before going into public service.

Eileen Hlavka, Ph.D., Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board

Eileen Hlavka works on policy analysis, stakeholder communication and program implementation for the greenhouse gas Cap-and-Trade Program at the California Air Resources Board.  She is part of the allowance allocation team, focusing primarily on how Cap-and-Trade will apply to electric and gas utilities.  She joined ARB after earning her Ph.D. in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where her dissertation research assessed the impact of renewable energy incentives on innovation.  She also holds a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Reed College and a healthy enthusiasm for California native plants.

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