NCSL is pleased to present you with a Fall 2020 Energy, Environment and Transportation Webinar Series in lieu of the 2020 Legislative Summit in Indianapolis. In total there will be five webinars beginning August 27 and concluding October 22. NCSL webinars allow attendees to participate in meetings taking place around the world from the comfort of their desks. They are collaborative, interactive and easy to use. Most webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live meeting.
Forever Chemicals? State and Federal Actions on PFAS
Manmade chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are cropping up in fertilizer, clothing, food, water and human bodies—and also in state legislatures, where debate over how to respond is mounting. Join us for an in-depth discussion about this relatively new environmental issue and what states and the federal government are doing to address it.
- Taylor Meredith, senior advisor to the administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
- Gretchen Slater, strategic advisor, Safer States
- Christophe Tulou, minority senior counsel and policy director for the environment and public works committee, U.S. Senate
Building the 21st Century Energy Workforce
Workforce development is one of the most important issues facing the U.S. energy industry that employs 6.7 million Americans. Clean energy jobs are growing as new technologies come online, while some traditional resources—such as coal-fired power plants—are shutting down, leaving a growing number of Americans out of work. Large-scale retirements among an aging workforce also present new challenges for hiring qualified workers across the energy sector. These issues—now compounded with economy-wide job losses driven by COVID-19—are presenting new obstacles as states look to bolster their energy workforce. This session will explore the workforce challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector, highlight how the coronavirus pandemic is shifting the energy jobs landscape and how policymakers can support and train skilled workers to fill these vital positions.
- Sandy Fazeli, managing director of policy, National Association of State Energy Officials
- State Senator Eric Koch, Indiana
- Michael Makarski, external affairs, Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative
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Green Means Go? What’s Next for a New Federal Transportation Infrastructure Package
A common area of agreement amongst many policymakers is the need to increase investment in transportation infrastructure, but the devil is always in the details. With authorization of federal transportation programs set to expire Sept 30, there are a host of questions concerning what federal transportation policy will look like in 2021. Join us for an overview of congressional plans as well as a discussion on the major issues under consideration.
- Murphie Barrett, vice president of congressional relations for infrastructure advancement, Associated General Contractors of America
- Paul Lewis, vice president of policy and finance, Eno Center for Transportation
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Exploring Climate Action Opportunities for Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture
Climate change is a complex and global issue requiring a policy response that is thoughtful and informed. Thus far, this response has seen the implementation of emission reduction requirements on both the transportation and energy sectors. And while American farmers and ranchers continue to improve their production efficiencies, conservation of natural resources, and resiliency, the formal role and responsibilities for the agriculture sector remains uncertain. This webinar explored and discussed some policies, technologies and other initiatives that may provide a role for the agriculture sector to develop effective and sustainable practices in response to this complex issue.
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Is the Clock Running Out for Standard Time?
The long-running debate over the biannual clock-changing exercise continues in state legislatures, as virtually every state has considered bills on the topic in the last five years—most to permanently switch to daylight saving time, which thirteen states have now enacted. Congress is contemplating bills to make a change, too, as current federal law prohibits states from enacting DST permanently. The primary complaint of those seeking a change from the current situation is the act of time switching itself, and the problems that it creates. Opinions are mixed on the benefits of permanent daylight time versus permanent standard time. This webinar explored the current national clock-changing policy, state and federal roles, the renewed potential for time zone fragmentation, and the impacts across various sectors of American society and the economy.
- Rep. Denise Brewer, Oklahoma
- Rep. Dodie Horton, Louisiana
- Dr. M. Adeel Rishi, pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist, Mayo Clinic, member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- Rep. Raymond Ward, Utah
- Scott Yates, advocate, Lock the Clock