Despite the accumulating evidence that global warming is already profoundly affecting human life and nature, governmental and international climate change policy has to date been almost entirely ineffectual. Comprehensive climate change legislation lacks political support in Congress, and conventional emissions-reduction programs would allow aggregate greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere to increase steadily for decades and centuries to come.
The 2013 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Annual Blank Rome LLP Symposium will address the science, law, and policy of decarbonization, a strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by replacing major fossil fuel uses with non-carbon alternative technologies. Scientists, legal scholars, economists, and policy experts will assess whether a combination of new "clean" replacement technologies is a realistic and feasible way to maintain our standard of living while eliminating or sharply reducing the major sources of greenhouse gases that are causing climate change.
The Symposium took place on Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in Room 101 of Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 substantive CLE credits.
Keynote speaker: Howard Latin, Distinguished Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar, Rutgers University School of Law at Newark, and author of Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed (2012).
Other speakers included:
- David Driesen, University Professor, Syracuse University College of Law
- Dr. Frank A. Felder, Director, Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, Rutgers University
- Kenneth Gillingham, Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University
- Dr. Stewart Prager, Director, Princeton Plasma Lab
- Dr. Ajay K. Prasad, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, Center for Fuel Cell Research, University of Delaware
- Matthew Stepp, Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
- Dr. Michael Trachtenberg, Managing Director, Greenhouse Gas Industries, LLC
The Villanova Environmental Law Journal’s annual symposium is named for Blank Rome LLP in recognition of its generous support of Villanova University School of Law.