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  • Can Trump Really Bring Back Coal Jobs? The Verdict Is Mixed.

    March 29, 2017 – ABC News

    Richard Revesz, the director of the Institute for Policy Integrity, a nonpartisan think tank at the New York University School of Law dedicated to improving the quality of government decision-making, told ABC News by email that the order will ultimately hurt the economy. “There is no consistent evidence that regulations contribute to long-term changes in the unemployment rate, and rolling back regulations will not create jobs,” he said.

  • Why Trump Rollback of Obama Climate Policies Could be a Long Slog

    March 29, 2017 – Christian Science Monitor

    “The executive order has some symbolic importance for some of President Trump’s supporters, but on the ground it’s not clear how much difference it’s going to make,” says Richard Revesz, an environmental law expert at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

  • Trump Just Released His Plan to Gut Obama’s Climate Policies. It’s Worse Than You Thought

    March 28, 2017 – Newsweek

    Trump and Pruitt have both at times dismissed climate science—Trump infamously called it a Chinese hoax. Environmental lawyers think these pronouncements could strengthen their lawsuits. “It is possible that statements of that sort will come back to haunt them,” Richard Revesz, a New York University environmental law professor, said. “It would suggest they prejudge the science before consulting with scientists. There is a pretty high burden for departing from an existing rule.”

  • Measuring the Cost of Climate Change

    March 28, 2017 – NPR Marketplace

    The “Social Cost of Carbon” at $40 per ton of avoided carbon emissions is the presumed payoff of cleaner electricity, and more efficient cars and fridges. The White House wants to gut this calculation, but Denise Grab at NYU says it won’t be easy. A federal court upheld this concept nine years ago. “The 2008 case found that the agency had to consider the benefits of greenhouse gas reductions, so it can’t just ignore those effects,” said Grab.

  • Trump’s Words Could Jeopardize His Environmental Rollbacks, Too

    March 22, 2017 – Bloomberg

    It’s permissible for a government official to announce the beginning of “a process that might lead to a change in policy,” said Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University. But, he said, it would be “very problematic” if the administration explicitly compelled officials to, say, lower the government’s metric known as the social cost of carbon, which estimates the effects of climate change.

  • According to Scott Pruitt, States Only Have the Right to Pollute, Not Protect Their Environments

    March 20, 2017 – The Los Angeles Times

    Throughout his confirmation hearing and in a recent interview, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wrapped himself in the mantle of federalism, calling the shared distribution of power between the federal government and states a “bedrock principle” of environmental laws. Pruitt accused the Obama administration of intruding on the autonomy that environmental laws give to the states and vowed to set this balance right. But Pruitt’s views are inconsistent with any coherent vision of federalism.

  • How Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Quietly Wipes Out Environmental Cases

    March 20, 2017 – Mother Jones

    Denise Grab, a senior attorney with the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, found several examples where Gorsuch went “way beyond what’s the traditional consensus-type views on standing. He’s gone out of his way to take bolder steps than the Supreme Court has taken so far.”

  • What Scott Pruitt’s Recent Climate Denial Means for the EPA

    March 13, 2017 – Vox

    Indeed, Pruitt’s comments on CNBC might even hurt any effort at repeal. Opponents could point to them in court as evidence that EPA’s new conclusion was being driven by the administrator’s unfounded views on science rather than careful analysis. “The comment could come to haunt Administrator Pruitt in court in the same way that the ‘Muslim ban’ comment has haunted President Trump in recent rulings,” says Richard Revesz, a law professor at New York University.

  • Has Scott Pruitt Had a Change of Heart About Ozone Pollution?

    March 7, 2017 – Grist

    Pruitt’s right that ozone is a serious problem. But he failed to mention that the EPA already issued a major new limit on ozone pollution back in 2015, when Pruitt was still serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Pruitt also left out the part where, rather than praising that new ozone rule, he sued to block it.

  • Gorsuch Willing to Limit Environmental Groups in Land Cases

    March 6, 2017 – The Associated Press

    Denise Grab, a lawyer with New York University Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity, said Gorsuch has a “mixed bag” of rulings related to public lands and the environment, yet seems “unusually eager to throw roadblocks in the way of public interest groups who want their day in court.”