Climate Change: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?


Our Speaker:  Prof. Mario Loyola

Our President says, "The debate is over. Climate change is a fact." That statement is literally true -- but nothing about that statement is an argument for reducing carbon emissions, and for the EPA's bootstrapping of the Clean Air Act to put in place its Clean Power Plan, the implementation of which was stayed last month by the Supreme Court. The climate has always changed and will always change no matter what we do. The planet has been warming for centuries and is likely to continue warming no matter what we do. The crucial question for purposes of climate policy to regulate carbon emissions is -- how much of the current warming is attributable to carbon emissions? And among scientists, there continues to be a lot of debate about that. 

Prof. Loyola will put things in perspective for us when he joins us to review a brief history of the climate over the last 150,000 years, explore what scientists are actually saying, and how that differs from what many people think they're saying. He will examine the major proposed climate policies and statutes, and address the merits or lack thereof.

Prof. Loyola is an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University of Law, in Fairfax, Virginia and senior fellow and Director of the Center for Competitive Federalism at the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. He is also a contributing editor at National Review. He began his career in corporate law and since 2003 has divided his time between government service and research and writing at prominent policy institutes. He served in the Pentagon as a special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for policy, and on Capitol Hill as counsel for foreign and defense affairs to the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee, and a senior adviser for Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.  Prof. Loyola received a B.A. in European history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where:  Oliver's at the Equinox Sports Club Irvine, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614. Telephone (949) 975-8400. Parking in the structure. BRING YOUR TICKET FOR VALIDATION AT THE FRONT DESK.
Cost: $30 member/ $35 nonmember/ $20 students/judges for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit. (The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE).
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