Exiting the Paris Climate Agreement: What it Means for You and the Future of Greenhouse Gas Regulation in the United States

(216 Ratings)

Produced on: June 22, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, adopted by consensus of 195 participating countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. While the withdrawal will not become effective under the accord’s terms until November 4, 2020, the president announced that the federal government will immediately cease all implementation of the agreement.
Join attorneys Jerry Stouck, Bernadette Rappold, and Brent Allen for a spirited, one-hour discussion and CLE on the Paris Agreement, the mechanics of withdrawing the United States from it, and the implications for American businesses, as states and localities pledge to abide by the Paris accord’s terms and corporations enact climate change policies and practices impacting supply chains. They will close with a brief discussion of how businesses can best keep pace with the American greenhouse gas regulation and policy landscape.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the parameters of the Paris Agreement
  2. Discuss the mechanics of withdrawal from the Agreement
  3. Identify implications for U.S. business
  4. Suggest best practices for how businesses can stay apprised of the changing regulatory and policy landscape  


Jerry Stouck

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jerry Stouck has more than 35 years of trial and appellate litigation experience in a wide range of cases and courts. He has particular experience in complex business, regulatory and environmental disputes with government agencies, and is Chair of the firm's Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law practice group. Jerry regularly challenges federal agency action under various regulatory regimes, and has represented the lead parties in several very large and important cases seeking monetary relief from the federal government. He also handles environmental and land use litigation, including related contract/commercial disputes, and has extensive experience with eminent domain and Fifth Amendment regulatory takings claims. Jerry appears frequently in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Federal Circuit, in the D.C. federal district court and D.C. Circuit, and in other trial and appellate courts across the country.

Bernadette M. Rappold

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Bernadette M. Rappold focuses her practice on federal and state regulatory issues related to energy and the environment. Bernadette has substantial litigation experience and advises clients on regulatory compliance as well as the environmental, safety and health aspects of numerous business and real estate transactions, including water, air and chemical hazards. Bernadette offers clients perspective gained through years of service at the Environmental Protection Agency. While serving as a director of the Special Litigation and Projects Division in the Office of Civil Enforcement at the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Bernadette led complex enforcement actions in response to violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and other environmental statutes. Her work at the EPA covered a variety of economic and industrial sectors including the oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and agriculture industries.

Brent H. Allen

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Brent Allen has more than 20 years of experience handling complex litigation matters, often involving several parties with competing interests and challenging fact patterns. Many of these cases focus on environmental contamination, mass torts, and products liability claims, although he also represents clients in a wide variety of other disputes as well. In most matters, the litigation is just one part of a broader strategy and is connected to other business considerations. 


  • Environmental Contamination
  • Mass Torts
  • Products Liability
  • Natural Resource Damages
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • Environmental Enforcement
  • Business Disputes
  • Commercial Litigation

Other areas of focus: Class action defense, insurance recovery, False Claims Act and qui tam litigation, government and internal investigations, securities and FCPA issues, patent and trademark, energy royalties, corporate shareholder proxy litigation, refinery operations, gasoline distribution, natural gas gathering and processing, manufactured forestry products, and online gaming.


Alan F.

I recommend this course not only to specialists in the field, but also to attorneys like myself, who are interested in and concerned with the direction  of climate law and policy, at this time of increasingly urgent scientific warnings, and growing challenges to the course of needed regulatory response, in the wake of our latest national election.

Allyson F.

I thought the presenters interacted very well with one another, and I really liked the respect they showed one another.

Monica G.

This was interesting to know about due to all the changes with the current administration.

Leonard S.

good background

John H.


Pamela W.

Excellent discussion of a very important topic.

Iris S.

Excellent, and thought proving!

Fredrick W.

Very well done

Richard R.

Not my field and that's why we have CLE - and this was very educational and thoughtful.

Karen P.

important topic. l

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