As President Biden’s first executive orders demonstrate, climate change is now at the heart of the federal environmental policy agenda. Outside of government, there’s a growing momentum among private companies to focus on and invest in renewable energy. In this episode, WilmerHale podcast co-host and Partner John Walsh welcomes Partner Peggy Otum, who leads a discussion with special guests Professor Daniel Farber and Marsden Hanna on climate change and renewable energy.
Otum is the co-chair of WilmerHale’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice. Her practice focuses on representing corporate clients in a variety of environmental regulatory compliance, litigation and transactional matters. Farber is a professor at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, and Hanna is the Head of Sustainability and Climate Policy at Google.
Farber and Hanna discuss how the Biden Administration is reinvigorating efforts around climate change regulation, the growing commitment from private companies like Google to counteract climate change (and why they’re doing it), the role of technology in addressing climate change, and what they expect to see from the Biden Administration in the march toward sustainability.