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  • Trump Plans to Roll Back Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Here’s How He’ll Do It.

    February 23, 2017 – Vox

    “The agency can’t just ignore the previous rule,” explains Richard Revesz, a law professor at New York University. “It has to make a sound argument for why its new approach is superior — and prove to the courts that it’s not just acting in an arbitrary or capricious manner.” Otherwise, the courts will knock down Pruitt’s attempts to rewrite the rule.

  • Chairman Smith Reopens the Debate on EPA’s Science

    February 7, 2017 – Bloomberg

    When EPA issues a regulation, say for mercury from power plants, it also counts as co-benefits the reductions in particulate matter that would result. Jack Lienke of New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity says EPA uses a model that reflects smaller health gains from reductions at lower concentrations. Its model is based on peer-reviewed studies and has been reviewed by the agency’s independent Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, he said.

  • Finding Common Ground in a Sea of Corporate Regulation

    February 7, 2017 – NPR (MPR News - Audio)

    Immediately after his inauguration, President Trump met with business leaders telling them he hopes to cut regulation. What does this mean for corporate growth and consumers? How do voters on the left and the right view these changes and is there common ground to be found? MPR chief economics commentator Chris Farrell spoke with Michael Mandel at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington and Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law.

  • Trump on Jobs Report: ‘It’s Going to Continue, Big League’

    February 3, 2017 – Associated Press

    “The order is extremely vague, and it could easily lead to agency gridlock and regulatory uncertainty,” said Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s School of Law.

  • Trump’s Court Pick May Be Obstacle to His Anti-Regulatory Moves

    February 2, 2017 – Bloomberg

    Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch has been a vigorous critic of the so-called “Chevron doctrine” that gives federal agencies latitude when interpreting ambiguous laws. “Chevron deference became really important in the later part of the Obama administration because Congress hadn’t acted on a number of environmental issues in a while,” said Denise Grab, a senior attorney with Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

  • Trump’s Rapid-Fire Regulatory Orders Cause Confusion for Some Stakeholders

    January 31, 2017 – Star Tribune

    President Donald Trump signed an order Monday aimed at cutting regulations on businesses and bankers, saying that agencies should eliminate two regulations for every new one added. Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, said the wording of Trump’s regulations order is likely to cause “confusion and chaos.”

  • What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Dismantle Obama’s Climate Rules

    January 27, 2017 – The New York Times

    The centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s climate change policy is a 2015 E.P.A. rule curbing greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities. Mr. Trump has vowed to eliminate the rule, but doing so could require years of court battles. “There are a number of ways this could play out as it goes through the courts, and it could take at least four to five years,” said Richard Revesz. “Ultimately, what happens to it will likely be determined by the results of the 2020 presidential election.”

  • 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.