As the climate change crisis becomes increasingly apparent, there are growing calls from policymakers and academics to reduce regulatory burdens on zero-carbon renewable energy development. But extreme scenarios, such as exempting renewables from most environmental and land use laws, could backfire.
Transitioning rapidly to renewable energy will be an essential tool to slow the pace of climate change. And easing regulatory requirements for renewables will be a key part of this toolkit. But exempting renewables from land use laws could backfire due to public opposition. Further, new laws will be necessary to ensure that the rapid transition is as “just” as possible—that workers in the fossil fuel industry have the retraining they need and want; that fossil fuel-dependent communities receive funding and guidance for developing innovative, sustainable industries; and that new energy development does not perpetuate existing environmental justice issues.
Join us for an exploration of a middle ground option, in which we develop renewable energy at a fast clip—while still addressing important social and environmental impacts.
About the Speaker
Hannah Wiseman is a Kleinman Center Visiting Scholar and Attorneys' Title Professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at the Florida State University College of Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, oil and gas law, environmental law, and land use. Her scholarship spans these areas, focusing on multi-level governance challenges associated with energy and other forms of development. She has published articles in the NYU Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Duke Law Journal (co-authored), and Environmental Science & Technology, among other journals, and she is a co-author of the textbook Energy, Economics, and the Environment and other energy books.
About the Moderator
Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the Carey School of Law and the Director of the Penn Program on Regulation. He specializes in the study of regulation and regulatory processes, with a particular emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative regulatory strategies and the role of conflict and cooperation in business-government relations. His books include Achieving Regulatory Excellence (Brookings Institution Press, 2016); Does Regulation Kill Jobs? (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014); Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence of US Regulation (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012); Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009); Regulation and Regulator Processes (Ashgate, 2007); and Leveraging the Private Sector: Management-Based Strategies for Improving Environmental Performance (Routledge, 2006). He has also recently written on climate change policy, public participation and transparency in federal rulemaking, the use of artificial intelligence by government agencies, and voluntary environmental programs. Coglianese was a founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Regulation & Governance, and he founded and continues to serve as advisor to The Regulatory Review.