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  • Now We Know Scott Pruitt Isn’t Serious About Fighting Smog

    April 12, 2017 – Grist (Opinion)

    Last month, I explained that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s handling of the case would test the sincerity of his recent pledges to prioritize air quality, even as he works to unwind EPA restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions. Well, test day arrived, and Pruitt failed miserably. It seems that the new administrator’s only real priority is rolling back regulatory protections, regardless of which type of pollution they address.

  • What Trump’s Executive Order Means for the Environment

    April 3, 2017 – SiriusXM Business Radio

    Speaking with Knowledge@Wharton, Denise Grab pointed out that the specific language of the order doesn’t remove requirements for federal agencies to meet their duties under regulations such as the Clean Air Act. “The executive order itself is a lot of sound and fury signifying not much on its own,” she said. “Whether it will result in substantive changes does remain to be seen.”

  • Trump Wants to Block a Court Ruling on the Clean Power Plan. The Court Shouldn’t Let Him.

    April 3, 2017 – Grist (Opinion)

    Mere hours after the signing ceremony for Trump’s executive order, EPA filed a motion in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the court to put a pending case about the Clean Power Plan on indefinite hold. The court should say no.

  • What Trump’s Climate Change Order Accomplishes—And What It Doesn’t

    March 29, 2017 – CNN

    Experts said Tuesday that getting rid of the Clean Power Plan, the 2014 plan that put a limit to the amount of carbon dioxide produced by a range of power plants, will be far harder than just signing a document. “The executive order does not make the Clean Power (Plan) go away,” said Richard Revesz, Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law. “This is the first move of a long chess game that will take years to unfold, and future moves will be far more challenging.”

  • Trump’s Executive Order Is a Gift to Coal Executives. It Won’t Do Anything for Coal Miners.

    March 29, 2017 – Vox

    Now there’s a window of opportunity for coal companies. Lifting the moratorium, says Jayni Foley Hein of the Institute for Policy Integrity, “will allow new lease sales to go forward using the same outdated minimum bids, rental rates, and stagnant royalty rates that have been used for decades.”

  • 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.

  • The Fight Over Trump’s New Climate Moves

    March 28, 2017 – Sidewire

    Richard Revesz discusses the expected Trump executive order on climate change and shares his concerns about overturning the Clean Power Plan, the abandonment of the current approach to determining the benefits of carbon dioxide reductions, and the return to coal leases on federal lands.