The J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Conference: "Economic Sustainability"
Moderator: Bob Simon, Former Staff Director, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate
John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
Paul Allen, Senior Fellow, World Resources
Robert Pojasek, Senior Managing Scientist and Sustainability Lead, Exponent, Inc.
Laying the Foundation for a Sustainable Energy Future: Legal and Policy Challenges
The 2013 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Conference
Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 & 11, 2013
Co-Sponsors: The George Washington University Law School, Husch Blackwell LLP, The Environmental Law Institute, and The Constellation Energy Foundation
This conference – the first of an anticipated series of such meetings exploring the evolution of the U.S. energy networks between now and 2030 – invited thought leaders to focus on the capital deployment, technology development, and public policy changes that are critically needed to produce a more sustainable energy supply system by 2030. Most importantly, the program was designed, not to generate a "want list" of legal and technological improvements, but to confront the difficult overlap between environmental, energy, national defense, and societal benefit concerns where key decisions must be made in light of highly sensitive trade-offs and accommodations. The program explored how we might design an improved energy system that is “built to last” and serves the broadest array of public interests – reliability, security, cost, minimal harm to the physical environment, human safety, competition and ease of market entry, technological innovation, equitable burden sharing, regard for intergenerational impacts –while minimizing regional conflicts and short-term “stimulus and response” policies.