Issues & Ideas Forum, Jan. 20, 2011

Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch

Lawmakers, news media and other interested friends are cordially invited to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's

JANUARY 20 ISSUES & IDEAS FORUM

"The EPA's War on Energy"

Featuring:

Peter S. Glaser
Partner, Troutman Sanders

DATE: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
TIME: Noon - 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Lansing Center, Rooms 204-205,
333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
COST: Lunch is provided at no charge with reservation.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared war on America’s primary sources of energy. The EPA is deploying an army of proposed regulations that will drive up the cost of conventional fuel sources used for powering factories and heating homes. These changes will threaten the reliability of the U.S. power grid, which is essential to our way of life.

The EPA is no longer interpreting existing law; these proposed rules are in the realm of lawmaking. Congress declined to pass cap-and-trade legislation to limit total greenhouse gas emissions, recognizing that a de facto energy tax would impede an already anemic economic recovery. Undeterred, President Barack Obama is using EPA regulations to limit energy production and use, including regulating CO2 under the Clean Air Act, classifying coal fly ash as a hazardous waste, imposing stricter standards for ozone and creating new rules for industrial boiler use.

Peter S. Glaser is an attorney specializing in energy and environmental law in Washington, D.C. Glaser, who received a J.D. from George Washington University, specializes in environmental regulation and litigation, particularly in the area of air quality and global climate change. He has taken part in numerous EPA rulemakings and judicial appeals at the local, state and federal levels. Glaser has testified on climate change issues before Congress and is an expert on greenhouse gas regulatory and legislative matters.

The luncheon begins at noon. To make reservations, please call the Mackinac Center at 989-631-0900 by 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2011.

The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Forum

The nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than by sound principles. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals - and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan residents can be served only when legislation incorporates our best understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific principles.