YCEI’s sixth annual conference was dedicated to the future of nuclear energy. The closing keynote, delivered by former NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane, focused on the 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the Daichi 2 plant in Fukushima, Japan. Macfarlane shares the findings of Japan’s Diet investigative panel and observations of how the plant could withstand a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, but be destroyed when its below-ground backup generators were submerged and unable to subsequently provide cooling power.
Policy & Law
E. Don Elliott (moderator) is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and a leading academic scholar, as well as practitioner, in the fields of administrative and environmental law. He is also senior of counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group.
Lunchtime keynote speaker Matthew Crozat explored the history of institutions created to direct the use of nuclear power, from the Eisenhower administration’s “Atoms for Peace” program through the evolution of the national laboratories and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Inspired by “Who Governs?”, the seminal work of Yale Sterling Professor…
The morning panel featured leaders from industry, academia and the regulatory community discussing issues that have prevented greater reliance on nuclear power. Panelists responded to the question posed by conference organizer, Jared Milfred: “Can policy and technology satisfy questions regarding safety, waste disposal, and fear of proliferation, to allow nuclear power…
University of Toronto Professor Hoffmann describes ongoing collaborative research and answers audience questions regarding attempts to conceptualize how climate governance experiments are working towards decarbonization. Hoffmann contends that politics and political dynamics are the lynchpin for conceptualizing how to disrupt carbon “lock-in” and foster pathways to decarbonization. Further, carbon lock-in is not a single system that needs disruption. On the contrary, the carbon ‘system’ that we experience is the result of multiple, interlocking systems that exist at multiple levels.
YCELP Assoc. Director Josh Galperin discusses policy instruments in development to help communities nationwide who might be wrestling with questions of how to manage shale gas development in their midst.
Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy Associate Director Josh Galperin was as surprised as any by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement this week to ban fracking in New York …
From the fourth annual YCEI Atmospheric Science - Climate Policy Frontier, February 7, 2013. Panelists include Trude Storelvmo (Yale), Dan Lashoff (NRDC) and Cliff Davidson (Syracuse University).
John Walke, Sr. Defense Counsel for the NRDC discusses three categories of advocacy that have been adopted by activists in the currently polarized environment where the mention of “climate change” makes people choose sides.