In this session we discuss the book titled Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States and a unique pro bono project in which lawyers draft model legislation to implement recommendations from the book.
This book contains key information and recommendations that explain technical and policy pathways for reducing US greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. This 80×50 target and similarly aggressive carbon abatement goals are often referred to as deep decarbonization, distinguished because it requires systemic changes to the energy economy. Using these technical and policy pathways, Legal Pathways provides a legal playbook for deep decarbonization in the United States, identifying well over 1,000 legal options for enabling the United States to address one of the greatest problems facing this country and the rest of humanity.
Participants are invited to learn how law firms can help implement the more than 1,000 options identified in a new book, Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, edited by Professors Michael Gerrard and John Dernbach. More than 20 law firms have already signed up for this work, and more are needed.
The legal options identified involve federal, state and local law, as well as private governance. The 34 individual topics addressed by the book relate generally to:
* Energy efficiency, conservation, and fuel switching in buildings, industry and transportation
* Electricity and fuel decarbonization
* Carbon capture and negative emissions
* Non-carbon dioxide climate pollutants