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Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States

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Published on Nov 22, 2019

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing on key information and recommendations from the report, Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States. Legal Pathways is based on two reports by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project that explain technical and policy approaches to reducing U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. This 80x50 target and similarly aggressive carbon abatement goals are often referred to as deep decarbonization, as they require systemic changes to the energy economy.
Michael Gerrard
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School; Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
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John Dernbach
Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability, Widener University Commonwealth Law School; Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center
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Amy Stein
Professor of Law, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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Peter Lehner
Managing Attorney, EarthJustice
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Monica Lamb
Clean Energy Lawyer
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Question & Answer Session
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This playbook for deep decarbonization in the United States identifies well over 1,000 options that are achievable in the United States using laws that exist or could be enacted. While both the scale and complexity of deep decarbonization are enormous, these legal tools can be employed with significant economic, social, environmental, and national security benefits.

Briefing panelists, including editors and contributing authors to the report, discussed how the report can be useful to Congressional offices crafting climate change policies.

The report covers a range of topics, from technological innovations and carbon pricing to modernizing the transportation and building sectors. Legal Pathways reviews all forms of renewable energy as well as energy transmission, distribution, and storage.

This briefing focused specifically on recommendations for the transportation and agriculture sectors as well as on large-scale financing for deep decarbonization across sectors

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