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The electric power industry has been transformed over the last four decades, with electric power companies morphing from highly polluting regulated monopolies into competitive, deregulated businesses that generate, transmit, and distribute cleaner electricity. With the once-powerful coal industry now on the edge of ruin, communities throughout Appalachia suffer from high unemployment and reduced resources, which have exacerbated a spiraling opioid epidemic. The Trump administration’s efforts to revive the coal industry by scaling back environmental controls and reregulating electricity prices have had little effect on the coal industry’s decline.
At an Emmett Institute book talk, Thomas McGarity, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law at Texas Law will share insights on the electric power industry from his new book, Pollution, Politics, and Power: The Struggle for Sustainable Electricity. Professor McGarity will examine the progress made and the lesson learned as we seek to build a more sustainable electricity grid that also attends to the economic dislocations caused by the clean energy transition. William Boyd, Professor at UCLA Law and the UCLA Institute on the Environment and Sustainability, will moderate the conversation.
The event is free and open to the public.
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here by Friday, March 27.
Thomas O. McGarity is Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor in Administrative Law at the University of Texas School of Law and former attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency. He is author of Bending Science, The Preemption War, and Freedom to Harm, as well as articles in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and The American Prospect. He is a past president of the Center for Progressive Reform.