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17 July 2008

Climate Change: The Developing US and International Legal Framework

Climate Change: The Developing US and International Legal Framework

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The debate concerning whether the United States should pass new climate change-related legislation is intensifying. Both Presidential candidates have signaled support for legislation and the environmental activists are pressing for concrete action. Positions that could have long-lasting consequences for industry and others are taking shape.

Companies in various sectors are seeking to better understand the political and legal climate change landscapes, both nationally and internationally, and some are seeking to influence the direction of climate change legislation.

The webinar presented by members of Mayer Brown's Climate Change practice, David Finnegan and Dario Frommer, addressed the developing US and international climate change measures and offered an overview of their history and demonstrated how they interconnect. They webinar also reviewed the activity in California for a sign of where the future of US climate change programs might be heading. The presentation focused on these critical issues:

  • Key players and significant events that influence federal climate change action
  • The sectors in which climate change regulation is likely to hit hardest
  • Potential US climate change programs, including cap-and-trade proposals and their use of auctions
  • The status of international climate change agreements, including the Kyoto Protocol and Bali negotiations, and their potential impact on US legislation
  • California's landmark climate change initiative, and whether it provides a model for the federal US climate change plans

David B. Finnegan
Dario J. Frommer

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