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Bracewell boasts an unmatched combination of legislative experience, policy understanding, regulatory competence and communication skill relating to climate change that has enabled us to take a leading role in the development of U.S. climate change legislation and policy on behalf of a range of clients.

Our legislative efforts are closely tied to our work with prominent companies across many sectors, including electric power, upstream energy development, energy supply and innovation, transportation, mining, manufacturing and infrastructure. We help our clients understand the fiscal and practical constraints of climate change legislation, capitalize on competitive advantages and opportunities, ensure effective communication with stakeholders in Washington, D.C., and anticipate long-term climate change needs and risk strategies.

Combining our firm’s longstanding experience in the development, drafting and advocacy of federal and state energy legislation with the inside experience of former top-level EPA officials, our professionals work with lawmakers and industry groups to shape legislative initiatives that address climate change concerns while promoting business growth. Bracewell has worked extensively on legislative amendments and original provisions dealing with fuel-oxygen, low-carbon and motor-vehicle carbon standards, alternative and renewable fuels standards, geothermal applications and franchisor protection. The Bracewell team has also been very active in drafting white papers, giving testimony and preparing responses to Congressional questions relating to climate change.

Bracewell’s influence on climate change legislation is a direct result of our attorneys’ extensive individual experience and the firm’s integrated approach to legislative advocacy. Scott Segal has two decades of Washington experience and is nationally known as an expert and media resource on climate policy.  Bracewell draws on the experience of attorney Jeff Holmstead, former head of EPA's Air Office and a former White House official who was involved in the development of air quality policies such as the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the Bush Administration's Clear Skies proposal, the Clean Air Interstate Rule and the Global Climate Change Initiative; Lisa Jaeger, former Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at EPA, where she oversaw the agency's position on greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation; Richard Alonso, formerly the Chief of the Stationary Source Enforcement Branch at EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, the agency's second-ranking official for Clean Air Act enforcement; and Ed Krenik, former Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at EPA who, as the point person for environmental legislation, helped develop and promote strategies addressing climate change.

Selected Experience

Advise a coalition of major power companies in developing and implementing legislative, regulatory and media strategies related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. This industry group is the most active climate change-focused coalition on Capitol Hill, with a team of attorneys working daily on these issues with elected representatives, their staffs and congressional committees.

Developed strategy and handled federal legislative work for a major industrial products trade association relating to future GHG and major hazardous air pollutants regulation.

Represented a venture-backed company that developed a new process for use at power plants to capture CO2 and sequester it for use in construction projects. Our team evaluated key climate and energy legislation and prepared legislative amendments related to carbon capture and sequestration, reviewed federal funding opportunities arising from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act relating to the company's technology, and assisted in preparing federal funding applications for submission to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Advised a major national railroad on the implications of climate change on the transportation sector.

Represent major refiners on the implications of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Represent clients in advocating the extension of production tax credits for renewable energy.

Advise a large independent producer of natural gas in the United States on impacts of greenhouse gas legislation and regulation.