On December 12, most nations of the world entered into an agreement on mitigation of and adaption to climate change. When, one may ask, will that agreement affect what regulated entities in the United States and their lawyers do?
We have posted a description of the Paris meeting, describing our colleague Jim Bacchus‘ role. My column this month in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly / Legal Intelligencer considers the question of what the Paris Agreement means for conventional, domestic law practice. I suggest that it means little directly, because the United States’ “intended nationally determined contribution” to achieving the goals of the agreement relies entirely on regulations already proposed or adopted under the Clean Air Act, the Energy Policy Act, and the Energy Independence and Security Act. However, it may also mean a great deal because it may alter the way one looks at the conservatism embedded in most environmental regulatory programs.