Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States

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The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to 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 80×50 target and similarly aggressive carbon abatement goals are often referred to as deep decarbonization, as they require systemic changes to the energy economy.

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, will discuss how the report can be useful to Congressional offices crafting climate change policies.
Briefing speakers will include report editors:
• Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School; Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law | @MichaelGerrard
• John Dernbach, Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability, Widener University Commonwealth Law School; Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center | @johndernbach

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.


Room 2237, Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington DC 20515

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