Insider's Debate: Will the Clean Power Plan Survive?
More than 170 nations just committed to reduce their emissions in order to confront the climate threat. Now, the big question on the minds of national and global leaders is whether the U.S. will be able to meet its commitment as the nation's key climate strategy—The Clean Power Plan, which limits greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants—faces serious legal challenges after the Supreme Court issued a "stay" on the rule earlier this year as one of its last acts before the death of Justice Scalia. Legal arguments and briefs have been flying in preparation for a hearing by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in early June.
Join us for an insider's debate over the legal merits of the plan and its likely path through the courts with lawyers representing opposite sides of the case: Sean Donahue (Law '92), Partner at Donahue and Goldberg, LLP and Thomas Lorenzen, Partner at Crowell and Moring, LLP.
Sponsored by: EPIC, The Abrams Environmental Law Clinic and the Environmental Law Society
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Sean Donahue (Law ’92) served as law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and to Justice John Paul Stevens. After working at Jenner & Block’s Washington office and the Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, he opened his own firm. He has participated in several significant cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including successfully briefing and arguing Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy Corp. for the petitioners, and serving as counsel of record for environmental and public-health organizations in major Clean Air Act cases in the Supreme Court’s 2013 and 2014 terms.
Tom Lorenzen is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. He previously worked at the Department of Justice, where he oversaw many of the seminal environmental cases of the last decade. These include Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court affirmed EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. In the D.C. Circuit and the other federal courts of appeals, he oversaw the government’s defense in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, in which the court upheld EPA’s first suite of greenhouse-gas regulations (largely upheldby the Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA); EME Homer City Generation, L.P. v. EPA and North Carolina v. EPA, in which the court reviewed EPA’s various attempts to address interstate transport of air pollutants; and numerous cases challenging EPA regulations governing emissions of hazardous air pollutants.