Frizzell Series Keynote Address: Professor Ann Carlson

Event Details

What can the Green New Deal Learn from Environmental Law?

May 16, 2019
University of Chicago Law School, Room IV
1111 E 60th Street
Refreshments will be provided


In the News

Ann Carlson in the NY Times: Climate Change Could Destroy His Home in Peru. So He Sued an Energy Company in Germany.

Professor Ann Carlson on 60 Minutes discussing the legal and constitutional implications and precedent for the climate change lawsuit that was recently filed by 21 students. 

Ann Carlson in Vogue: Do Americans Have a Constitutional Right to a Livable Planet? Meet the 21 Young People Who Say They Do


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Ann's Bio

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Ann E. Carlson
Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law
Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
B.A. UC Santa Barbara, 1982
J.D. Harvard, 1989
UCLA Faculty Since 1994

Ann Carlson is the Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and the Faculty Co-Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. She is a leading scholar of climate change and air pollution law and policy, the co-author of a top casebook on Environmental Law (with Dan Farber and William Boyd), and the co-editor, with Dallas Burtraw, of a forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press, Lessons from the Clean Air Act: Building Durability and Flexibility into U.S. Climate and Energy Policy. She has published numerous articles in leading law reviews, including California, Harvard, Michigan, Northwestern, and UCLA. Carlson is currently serving as the Speaker of the California Assembly’s representative to the Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee. She is a frequent media commentator and blogs at Legal Planet. She is the recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching and the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is the 2017 University of California Sustainability Champion. Carlson is a magna cum laude graduate of both UC Santa Barbara and Harvard Law School.

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About the talk

The Green New Deal has faced criticism for being unrealistic in its ambition -- one of its environmental goals is to transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent clean energy by 2030.  This ambition is hardly new to environmental law:  the 1970 Clean Air Act required car makers to cut tailpipe pollution by 90 percent in just two years and EPA proposed that Los Angeles severely ration gasoline in order to curtail driving from May to October  in  order to meet tough new smog standards. The Clean Water Act set a national goal to eliminate all pollution discharges into U.S. waters by 1985.  Professor Carlson will use the experience of the early Clean Air and Clean Water Acts to reflect upon whether unrealistically ambitious environmental goals nevertheless can produce greater environmental success than more modest ones.