10th Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law (10th Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium)

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10th Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law (10th Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium)

This event occurred in the past

Date and Time

  • Friday, November 9, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Looking beyond fossil fuels in the trump era

On Friday, November 9, 2018, the University of San Diego School of Law will host its Tenth Annual Lesley K. McAllister Climate & Energy Law Symposium. The theme of our 2018 Climate & Energy Law Symposium is “Looking Beyond Fossil Fuels in the Trump Era.” The first year of the Trump presidency marked a significant change in climate and energy policy. The Trump Administration has worked to reverse many of the climate and energy policies put in place during the Obama years and has sought to expand fossil fuel production and development. At the University of San Diego’s Tenth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, academic and policy experts will analyze and assess several aspects of this complex issue.

The University of San Diego Climate & Energy Law Symposium is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.

Symposium Overview

Lead Sponsor:

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Event Partners:

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The transition from the Obama presidency to the Trump presidency marked a significant change in approaches to climate and energy policy. The current Administration has stated its intent to reverse much of the Obama era climate and energy policy and regulation. At the University of San Diego’s Ninth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, state leaders, practitioners, and legal scholars will analyze and assess a range of related topics on three panels.

  • Federal Policy on Fossil Fuels Under Trump
    During Trump’s first year in office, his Administration has advanced policies to expand fossil fuel production by seeking to expand offshore drilling, withdrawing land from National Monuments, and withdrawing or significantly amending existing or proposed regulations from the Clean Power Plan to methane, among others. These actions raise numerous legal and policy issues in the areas of coastal and marine protection, public lands, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions regulations, pipeline approval, and the possibility of conflicts between the states and the federal government over policy and Constitutional issues.
  • Federal Fossil Fuel Policies and California Climate Goals
    How do policies to expand fossil affect California’s legal ability to pursue its state statutory greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2030? How could decisions on (1) whether current Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for 2025 will remain in place and (2) the outcome of the California Air Resources Board’s pursuit of a waiver under the Clean Air Act affect California’s goal to reduce emissions from transportation? How would expanded oil production, particularly from offshore drilling affect California’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas targets? How will the Department of Defense’s exclusion zones affect offshore wind development and how does this differ from offshore fossil fuel development leases?
  • Pathways to Deep Decarbonization
    How do Trump Administration policies on fossil fuels affect pathways to long-term deep decarbonization, including leaving fossil fuels in the ground? Will market forces make fossil fuels less competitive regardless of policies to expand production? What role could nuclear energy play in reaching greenhouse gas reduction targets in 2050 and beyond?

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Climate and Energy Law Symposium Coordinator