EPA’s Climate Change Regulations: Good Public Policy or Government Overreach?

The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies Madison, WI Chapter Presents:

EPA’s Climate Change Regulations: Good Public Policy or Government Overreach?

Panel Includes:

Prof. Jonathan Adler

Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Prof. Stephanie Tai

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School

Moderated By:

Ellen Nowak, Esq.

Commissioner, Wisconsin Public Service Commission

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 .  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Madison Club, 5 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI

$15.00 (includes lunch and pending CLE credit)

Please RSVP by Monday, February 20th to:

Andrew Cook – cook@hamilton-consulting.com or (608) 219-4632

About this event: The Obama Administration is currently embarking upon one of the most widespread and ambitious regulatory schemes in history. Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency is implementing a slew of new regulations under the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of these regulations is to reduce the use of coal for electric generation.

Critics of the EPA regulations argue that the federal government is overreaching and that the costs associated with the new regulations are much greater than the benefits. For example, the Wall Street Journal noted that the EPA’s rule to reduce mercury and other pollutants will yield only $6 million in health benefits, yet cost $11 billion to implement. Meanwhile, proponents of the regulations argue that the regulations are necessary to protect public health and are required under the Clean Air Act based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 549 U.S. 497 (2007).

About the Speakers:

Prof. Jonathan Adler — Jonathan H. Adler is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law. Professor Adler is the author or editor of four books on environmental policy and over a dozen book chapters. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Professor Adler is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy.” A 2007 study identified Professor Adler as the most cited legal academic in environmental law under age 40, and his recent article, “Money or Nothing: The Adverse Environmental Consequences of Uncompensated Law Use Controls,” published in the Boston College Law Review, was selected as one of the ten best articles in land use and environmental law in 2008.

Prof. Stephanie Tai Stephanie Tai focuses her scholarly research on the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. She has written on the consideration of scientific studies and environmental justice concerns by administrative agencies, and is currently studying the role of scientific dialogues before the judicial system. She was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown from 2002-2005 and a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year. Her teaching interests include administrative law, environmental law, property, environmental justice, risk regulation, and comparative Asian environmental law.

Raised in the South by two chemists, she decided to combine her chemistry background with a legal education to improve the use of science in environmental protection. At Georgetown, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and was a member of the Georgetown Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Team.

After graduating from Georgetown, Professor Tai worked as the editor-in-chief of the International Review for Environmental Strategies, a publication by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She then worked as an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she briefed and argued cases involving a range of issues, from the protection of endangered cave species in Texas to the issuance of dredge and fill permits under the Clean Water Act.

During the summer before joining the Wisconsin Law School faculty, Professor Tai teamed up with several other law professors to work on two Supreme Court amicus briefs: one for a group of legislators in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy Corp., No. 05-0848, and another for a group of scientists in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 05-1120.

Commissioner Ellen NowakEllen Nowak was appointed to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in July 2011 by Governor Scott Walker. 

Prior to her appointment, she was the chief of staff to Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.  From 2002-2006 she was the legal counsel and then chief of staff to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly.  She also worked as the deputy director of School Choice Wisconsin.  From 1998-2002, Ellen practiced business litigation at Mallery & Zimmerman, SC in Milwaukee.

Ellen has a law degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.


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