Student Sarah Luther has placed her article, "From Un-Coordinated to Efficient: A Proposal for Regulating GE Products in a Way That Meets the Needs of Consumers, Producers, and Innovators," in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. The article assesses the efficacy of the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology, established under President Reagan and meant to be a comprehensive federal regulatory policy for ensuring the safety of biotechnology research and products. Luther argues that the implementation of the framework has not kept up with evolving technologies, and that the Food and Drug Administration dominates its implementation, with little input from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. This, Luther argues, creates administrative inefficiencies, unwarranted costs on the regulated community, and potential deterrence for innovation. The article will be published in the fall issue of VJEL.
An article written by EENR Professor Blake Hudson on the failure of critics of federal environmental regulation to offer alternative solutions has been cited as one of the top environmental law and policy articles of the year.
Hudson presented his article, "Relative Administrability, Conservatives, and Environmental Regulatory Reform," March 12 as part of a joint symposium hosted by Vanderbilt Law School and the Environmental Law Institute of Washington, D.C.
Originally published in the "Florida Law Review" in 2016, the article was one of five selected for publication in Vanderbilt's "Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review" after law students reviewed more than 800 articles printed in 2016-2017 and received feedback from ELPAR's advisory board. Read more about Hudson's article here.
EENR, the Duke Energy Institute, the UH Energy Institute, and the Duke University Nicholas Institute hosted a 2 day workshop on the Federal Pricing of Carbon, focusing (in part) on whether a cap-and-trade or a taxation approach is preferable. The workshop featured a keynote by Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, and a presentation of the Climate Leadership Council tax proposal by Pam Giblin, CLC Senior Policy Advisor. The workshop also featured a roundtable discussion with academics and policy makers analyzing carbon pricing options.
Catherine McKenna, Canada's minister of environment and climate change, toured the Lone Star State last week, and met at the University of Houston with representatives from the UH Energy Initiative, the Hurricane Resilience Consortium leaders, and the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center. Minister McKenna is the Canadian environment and climate representative on the NAFTA re-negotiation team.
Minister McKenna discussed methods to finance climate change adaptation with Professor and EENR Director Victor B. Flatt.
Pictured: Nicole Nowisky, Canadian EENR LLM student. Minister McKenna, Professor Victor Flatt, and Professor Julian Cardenas
EENR's Sarah Morath was recently elected to the Board of the Citizens' Environmental Coalition, based out of Houston. The CEC's mission is to "foster dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region." You can learn more about the CEC here.
On Wednesday, December 6, the EENR Center will host a workshop on the Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission. Speakers will discuss permitting and related issues regarding LPG, electricity, refined products, natural gas, and more. Read more about the Houston workshop here. Register here.
On Tuesday, November 14, EENR Faculty Director Victor B. Flatt, EENR Fellow Julian Cardenas, and three UHLC law students met energy secretaries from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, who were in Houston to discuss energy trade related issues. Before they toured the UH Energy's superconductivity research lab, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Mexican Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell discussed UH programs with a select group of faculty and students. The ministers were keenly interested in UHLC and the University of Calgary's joint law degree, and the connections between UHLC and the environmental and energy reforms in Mexico.
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