Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks: The Promises and Pitfalls of AB32 and the Clean Air Act

This practitioners’ workshop featuring Mary Nichols of the California Air Resources Board investigates the pitfalls, synergies, and uncertainties associated with parallel climate regulation systems under the Clean Air Act and California's AB 32.

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What You Will Learn


Regulation of greenhouse gases is moving forward in the United States, with the most prominent efforts underway on at least two separate tracks. California is implementing A.B. 32 and related legislation while the federal government is moving forward with greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act.

This practitioners’ workshop highlights recent legal developments in both areas and investigates how this system of dual regulation will unfold. What are the pitfalls, synergies, and uncertainties of climate regulation developing in these two different ways?

What You Will Learn

The workshop will look at issues such as:

  • the new AB 32 scoping plan;
  • the effect of California’s low carbon fuel standard being upheld;
  • the role of California’s cap-and-trade program, including a litigation update, discussion of the new linkage with Quebec, and the development of the auctions and secondary allowance markets;
  • developments under the federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration and New Source Performance Standards programs;
  • ways that federal requirements for large stationary sources will interact with state law requirements in California; and
  • lessons federal and other state regulators may take from California’s experience.
Who Should Attend

The workshop is intended for those wanting to understand the cutting edge of greenhouse gas regulation in the United States.

Planning Chairs
Cara Horowitz, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles (also on the faculty)

Robert A. Wyman, Jr., Latham & Watkins LLP, Los Angeles (also on the faculty)

Megan Ceronsky, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.
Megan M Herzog
, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles
Kavita P. Lesser
, Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Los Angeles (invited)
Mary Nichols,
Chairman, California Air Resources Board, Sacramento
Kevin Poloncarz
, Paul Hastings, San Francisco

Tauna M. Szymanski, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, D.C.

Special Offer for government and non-profit employees: Full-time employees of the federal, a state, or a local government or governmental agency and employees of non-profit organizations attend the on-location course for 50% off the full tuition price.

Program Schedule - FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

9:30 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. California Legal Developments and Key Issues

12:00 p.m. Networking break

12:15 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Keynote Address

1:00 p.m. Networking break

1:15 p.m. Federal Legal Developments and Integration with States

3:15 p.m. Adjournment

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 4.0 hours

Suggested Prerequisite: Limited experience with Environmental Law.

Educational Objective: Explore the recent legislative developments related to greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act and California’s A.B. 32.

Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate

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Course Location and Hotel Accommodations


The Robin and Albert Carnesale Commons is located at 251 Charles E. Young Drive, West, Los Angleses, CA, 90095. Carnesale Commons is located just south of Covel Commons on The Hill.

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Tuition for this Live Course is $399.00.

Tuition for the live course includes admission to all sessions, a set of electronic course materials before the course, hard copy course materials at the course and online access to the archived program after the course. In addition Continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks are provided daily.

Tuition for this Video Webcast is $299.00.

Tuition for the webcast includes a set of electronic course materials, access to the webcast and online access to the archived program after the webcast.

This course is available in individual webcast segments
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