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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Beyond nuisance regulation: EPA's practical approach to the allocation of state responsibility for interstate pollution and climate change
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM

Among the most powerful rationales for a federal role in environmental regulation is the interstate nature of so many of the nation's most intractable pollution problems. Two recent EPA rulemakings, one addressing a decades-old conventional interstate air pollution problem and the other the agency's newly-minted Clean Power Plan for the climate change contributions of America's electricity sector, promise a more enlightened approach. In them, the agency moves beyond nuisance-based concepts to take account of the states' differing economic and energy development trajectories and the practical necessities of reducing pollution in a cost-effective manner.

Monday, October 20, 2014
Relying on the little giants: the Lilliputians and the future of environmental regulation
11:30 PM -  1:00 PM
Michelle Pautz, Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and the University of Dayton

In the face of a gridlocked U.S. Congress, it is unlikely that the modern environmental policy reform will come from our elected leaders; therefore, we have to turn elsewhere. The often-unnoticed actor in environmental policy is the state regulator—the Lilliputian. Lilliputians comprise the foundation of environmental regulation and the future regulatory state should increasingly rely on these little giants of environmental protection.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Shale politics in Europe: policy and protest
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM
Dr. Elizabeth Bomberg, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Elizabeth Bomberg will explore the politics surrounding shale exploration in Europe, focusing on a series of core questions: Why has shale extraction become so contested in Europe? How important is shale to Europe's energy mix? Why have different European states adopted such different positions on shale extraction? What role will the European Union (EU) play in shaping shale development in its member states? Throughout the talk Dr. Bomberg will make comparisons to shale developments and politics in the US.