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  • Democrats Are Learning to Invoke States’ Rights

    January 20, 2017 – The Economist

    America’s most progressive state is set to lead the new fight against federal power. Some potential suits are starting to take shape. California’s lieutenant-governor has said that the state could sue under the California Environmental Quality Act or its federal equivalent to quash Mr. Trump’s plans for a wall along the border with Mexico. Richard Revesz, an environmental-policy expert at New York University’s School of Law, says Democratic states could also sue to slow the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

  • Taxpayers Get a Bad Deal with the Federal Coal Program. Let’s Fix It.

    January 18, 2017 – The Hill

    The federal coal program is a quintessential bad deal for Americans. President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to end similar bad deals; his administration shouldn’t discard ongoing reform efforts that could add billions to the federal treasury and energy-producing states.

  • Scientists Have a New Way to Calculate Global Warming Costs. Trump’s Team Isn’t Going to Like It.

    January 12, 2017 – The Washington Post

    “If the metric is revised, then the incoming administration would have an obligation to explain why it’s departing from the current approach,” Richard Revesz said. Any changes made without adequate scientific justification would likely be struck down in court.

  • The Coming Battle Between Economists and the Trump Team Over the True Cost of Climate Change

    December 22, 2016 – The Washington Post

    The new administration almost certainly couldn’t make any major changes without providing adequate scientific and economic justification, said Richard Revesz, a law professor and dean emeritus of the New York University School of Law. Otherwise, the move would also likely be struck down in court as “arbitrary and capricious,” he argued.

  • Economists Agree: Economic Models Underestimate Climate Change

    November 25, 2016 – Vox

    Last year, the New York–based Institute for Policy Integrity tried to remedy that situation with just such a large-scale survey of economists who have published work on climate change.

  • No ‘Short Cut’ Seen For Trump Environmental Rollback

    November 16, 2016 – Bloomberg BNA

    There is no “short cut” for President-elect Donald Trump to roll back environmental regulations but the incoming administration still could target Obama era rules, a former Justice Department official said Nov. 15.

  • How Much Is This Land Worth?

    November 3, 2016 – Slate

    The situation in Standing Rock shows the difficulty of fighting for a right to use land in a way that does not yield short-term profits. “By using economics to show just how wasteful under-regulation can be,” Richard Revesz wrote in 2008, “cost-benefit environmentalism can be the key to creating the political coalition necessary to make America richer by regulating more wisely.”

  • Fact-checking opponents of the Clean Power Plan

    November 1, 2016 – The Hill

    Over the course of the D.C. Circuit hearing, the Clean Power Plan’s opponents made several legal and factual assertions that don’t stand up to scrutiny. Our research helps set the record straight.

  • Donald Trump and the Climate Change Countdown

    September 29, 2016 – The New Yorker

    The Clean Power Plan ruling was extremely unusual, especially as the Circuit Court had unanimously declined to issue a stay; as Richard Revesz, a professor at the New York University School of Law, recently told my colleague Jeffrey Toobin, “It was totally unprecedented for the Supreme Court to step in.” The 5–4 vote on the stay seemed, to put it mildly, to bode ill for the plan.

  • Obama Power Plant Rules Face Key Test in U.S. Court

    September 27, 2016 – Reuters

    Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s law school, said the suing states were exaggerating the regulatory reach of the EPA. “The Clean Power Plan, while certainly a very important rule, is not the boundary-breaking behemoth that the petitioners make it out to be,” Revesz said.