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Flip the Switch: A Panel on Energy

 In the face of strong climate change science and pressure from the international community, the United States is taking steps at the national, state, and local levels to reduce energy dependency from traditional sources of energy. 

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, the Environmental Law Society and the Center for Law and Social Responsibility will welcome a panel of speakers who are in the thick of energy supply and regulation.  The presentation will take place at 4 pm in the Cherry Room.

Massachusetts has been at the forefront of energy legislation and programs, enacting the Green Communities Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act.  At the national level there has been significant movement to get a climate or energy bill on the Senate floor this summer, and the EPA has issued regulations for automobile tailpipe emissions, a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Case Massachusetts v. EPA. This case impacted not only automobile tailpipe emissions, but also smokestack emissions as well.

With all of this activity, new companies are taking advantage of the demand for new sources of energy.  The opportunities and obstacles posed by today’s energy climate must be understood by those who seek to add windmills, solar panels, or other technologies to our energy infrastructure.  The panel will address not only why Earth Day is a day to be more conscious of our impact on the environment, but also why we should recognize the exciting opportunities that come with the renewed emphasis on energy.

Panelists include John Moskal, Region 1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;  Laura Bickel '03; attorney for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities;  Rebecca Castaneda '09; attorney, Law Office of Rebecca L. Castaneda; and David S. Balabon, general counsel, Great Point Energy.

Refreshments will be served.

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