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  • Why a Paris Climate Agreement Could Be Very Good for the U.S.

    November 5, 2015 – The Washington Post

    The report, which was published on Thursday by the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, calculates that other nations’ existing climate policies, by lessening the impacts of climate change, have already benefited the United States to the tune of more than $200 billion, and additional pledges for future action could save the country more than $2 trillion by the year 2030. This number could rise above $10 trillion by mid-century.

  • Noise Trumps Logic in Clean Power Plan Lawsuits

    October 27, 2015 – The Hill

    Last Friday, moments after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally published its Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, opponents of the rule filed suit to strike it down, and, in the meantime, to stay its application. In the press and in last week’s congressional hearing (disclosure: one of us was a witness at this hearing), the EPA’s critics continued to make unwarranted claims about overreach, economic catastrophe and unconstitutionality. They’re hoping that this clamor will provide cover for state policymakers who want to resist complying with the rule.

  • Opponents Push to Block Clean Power Plan While Defenders Prep for Battle

    October 26, 2015 – EnergyWire

    “The arguments against the Clean Power Plan are going to be the ones we’ve already seen,” said Richard Revesz of New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity.

  • Arctic Offshore Leasing Put on Ice

    October 23, 2015 – The Hill

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced last week that it is canceling future lease sales in federal Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, a decision that places future Arctic offshore drilling on ice.

  • Coal Royalties Leave $1 Billion on the Table

    October 6, 2015 – U.S. News and World Report

    Coal companies should be charged as much as five times what it costs them for surface mining on federal lands, according to a new report. “In some cases, it’s gaming the system, in other cases, it’s using the rules to the best of their advantage,” says Jayni Hein, the study’s lead author and policy director at the NYU School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, which released the report this week. “There’s no reason these companies should be able to lease coal for the same price they were able to decades ago.”

  • When Economics Get Lost in the Smog

    October 2, 2015 – The Hill

    Social welfare would almost certainly be higher with an even tighter ozone standard.

  • Let’s Cut All Energy Subsidies and Start Taxing Pollution

    September 15, 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

    Energy subsidies have become a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail. Jeb Bush recently called for an end to all subsidies–those that support fossil fuels as well as those aiding renewable energy. Most Democrats in the presidential race support ending tax breaks for fossil-fuel companies, but believe that subsidies for renewables are needed to help these newer industries grow rapidly. Both policy proposals are economically inefficient.

  • Making Sense of Methane Regulation

    September 1, 2015 – The Hill

    By regulating methane emissions, the EPA compels companies to act in the best interests of the public and to reduce emissions, even if individual controls aren’t immediately profitable.

  • This One Policy Change Could Prevent Up to 450 Billion Tons of Carbon From Polluting the Atmosphere

    August 20, 2015 – Salon

    It’s time for the federal government to stop leasing land to gas and oil companies, a new report argues

  • What Is Nature Worth to You?

    August 8, 2015 – New York Times

    This is not easy to answer. Assigning a monetary value to environmental harm is notoriously tricky. There is, after all, no market for intact ecosystems or endangered species.