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For over thirteen years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation has been one of the nation’s top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. 

Policy Orientation 2016 will be held January 6-8 at the Hilton Austin. For more information and to register, please visit policyorientation.com.
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Friday, January 8 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Benefit vs. Burden: Do the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Costs Exceed the Regulation’s Impact?

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During a recent congressional hearing, Chairman Lamar Smith challenged EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to justify her comments that the Clean Power Plan was “enormously beneficial” when it would only avert one one-hundredth of a degree of global warming and cost hundreds of billions of dollars to implement. These kinds of policies raise the question: What benefit should environmental regulations accomplish in order to justify their cost? This panel will discuss ongoing efforts in opposition to the Clean Power Plan, as well as the type and substance of benefits that should result from a proposed environmental regulation.

Moderators
avatar for The Honorable Robert Henneke

The Honorable Robert Henneke

Director, Center for the American Future, Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Honorable Robert Henneke is the Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. | | Before joining the Foundation, Robert served as the twice-elected Kerr County Attorney where he fought to protect the community through tough prosecution and brought conservative values to county government. Robert began his legal career serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the General Litigation division under... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Theodore Hadzi-Antich

Theodore Hadzi-Antich

Senior Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Ted Hadzi-Antich is a senior environmental attorney at the national headquarters of Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento, California.  Pacific Legal Foundation is a not-for-profit organization specializing in defending individual liberty, property rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulation. Ted has been an environmental lawyer for almost 40 years, and he practices in the areas of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water... Read More →
avatar for Cyrus Reed

Cyrus Reed

Conservation Director, Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club
Cyrus has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on water policy and the dispute over the Rio Grande water with Mexico. Prior to becoming conservation director, he served as Sierra Club's lobbyist on energy and air quality issues during the 2005, 2007 legislative sessions, and directed the Texas Center for Policy Studies, an environmental policy and advocacy organization based in Austin, for five years. He is... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., P.E.

Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Dr. Bryan W. Shaw of Elgin was appointed to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by Gov. Rick Perry on Nov. 1, 2007. The Texas Senate confirmed his appointment on May 5, 2009 and he was appointed chairman on Sept. 10, 2009. Shaw is an associate professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department of Texas A&M University (TAMU) with many of his courses focused on air pollution engineering. The majority of his... Read More →


Friday January 8, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
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