September 30, 2008
Energy Law and Policy Symposium is October 10
Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and Luke Cole, executive director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, to Deliver Keynote Addresses
On Friday, October 10, in Room 175 of the University of Oregon School of Law’s Knight Law Center, the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and the Bowerman Center for Environmental Law will present a symposium titled “Living on a Finite Earth: Energy Law and Policy for a New Era.” The symposium is free and open to the public, and will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The symposium will feature a number of panels exploring the changing world of energy. The first half of the symposium will focus on energy policy and the cost and possibility of making the change over to renewable, sustainable energies. The second part of the day will focus on upcoming renewable energy sources and legal barriers as well as on transportation (moveable energy) issues. Participants will include attorneys, government officials, environmental organizations, members of the utilities sector, and the general public interested in the potential of renewable energy.
The symposium will open with a keynote speech at 9:00 a.m. by Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury titled “Energy Policy and Oregon’s Future.” Bradbury was appointed secretary of state in November 1999, elected to a four-year term in November 2000, and reelected in November 2004. The second-highest-ranking constitutional officer in Oregon, Bradbury is a proponent of moving toward renewable energy sources.
Luke Cole, executive director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, will give the lunch keynote from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. on the environmental justice implications of energy development and climate change. Cole also will discuss the groundbreaking suit — Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil et al — filed by an Inupiaq community, that must relocate because of climate change, against twenty-four of the country’s largest greenhouse gas emitters.
Other featured participants include Shi-Ling Hsu (University of British Columbia Professor of Law), Jason Eisdorfer (Greenhouse Gas Policy Strategist, Bonneville Power Administration), Jason Busch (Associate, Ater Wynne, LLP), Thor Hinckley (Manger, Renewable Power Program, Portland General Electric), William Ohle (Senior Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt), Peter Dorman (Economist, Economics for Equity and the Environment), Suzanne Liou (Renewable Northwest Project), Robin Hartmann (Ocean Policy Advisory Council), David Van’t Hof (Western Climate Initiative), Heather Brinton (Assistant Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Program, University of Oregon School of Law), Roberta Mann (University of Oregon Professor of Law), John Galloway (Sustainable Economy Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council), and David Hodas (Widener University Professor of Law).
For more information, visit http://www.law.uoregon.edu/org/jell/energy.php.