The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch

92 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2015 Last revised: 9 Jan 2016

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Alice Kaswan

University of San Francisco - School of Law

William W. Buzbee

Georgetown University Law Center

David M. Driesen

Syracuse University College of Law

Kirsten H. Engel

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

Victor Byers Flatt

University of Houston Law Center; University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute

Robert L. Glicksman

George Washington University - Law School

Emily Hammond

George Washington University - Law School

Alexandra B. Klass

University of Minnesota Law School

Thomas Owen McGarity

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law

Melissa Powers

Lewis & Clark Law School

Joseph P. Tomain

University of Cincinnati - College of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2015

Abstract

Although the Clean Air Act is an imperfect tool for addressing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is the only available federal mechanism for directly addressing power plant carbon emissions. The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, published in final form in August 2015, tackles the challenge. This paper from the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) compiles 13 separately authored essays from 11 CPR Member Scholars, each addressing a different topic related to the Clean Power Plan, and each representing the expertise and views of its individual author(s). Published in July 2015, just before the release of the final rule, the essays tee up key questions about the rule’s legality, implications for the energy sector, and a series of discrete implementation questions, including the role of cap-and-trade (and offsets), the nature and distribution of state targets, and implications for environmental justice.

Keywords: Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Power Plan, Clean Air Act, federalism, environmental justice, energy, cap-and-trade, offsets

Suggested Citation

Kaswan, Alice and Buzbee, William W. and Driesen, David M. and Engel, Kirsten H. and Flatt, Victor Byers and Glicksman, Robert L. and Hammond, Emily and Klass, Alexandra B. and McGarity, Thomas Owen and Powers, Melissa and Tomain, Joseph P., The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch (August 1, 2015). Center for Progressive Reform Issue Alert, No. 1506, August 2015; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2015-50; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-50; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-43. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2688832

Alice Kaswan (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco - School of Law ( email )

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William W. Buzbee

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

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David M. Driesen

Syracuse University College of Law ( email )

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Kirsten H. Engel

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )

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Victor Byers Flatt

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

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University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute ( email )

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Robert L. Glicksman

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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Washington, DC 20052
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www.law.gwu.edu/Faculty/profile.aspx?id=16085

Emily Hammond

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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Washington, DC 20052
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Alexandra B. Klass

University of Minnesota Law School ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
612-625-0155 (Phone)

Thomas Owen McGarity

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law ( email )

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Austin, TX 78705
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512-232-1384 (Phone)

Melissa Powers

Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )

10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States

Joseph P. Tomain

University of Cincinnati - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040
United States
513-556-6805 (Phone)
513-556-6265 (Fax)

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