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  • Obama’s Carbon Cap-and-Trade Plan Can Boost Growth

    March 11, 2009 – BusinessWeek.com

    President Barack Obama hits three nails on the head with his plan to cap carbon emissions: weaning us off fossil fuels, spurring a wave of investment and job creation, and putting cash in the pockets of Americans who most need it.

  • Should The U.S. Resurrect Superfund?

    March 4, 2009 – National Journal Environment & Energy Expert Blog

    Often, the Superfund is associated with the big toxic cleanups one reads about in the news. But just as important are the toxic disasters that never happen because of the threat of Superfund liability. By bringing the Superfund back from the dead, President Obama will reinvigorate incentives for proper waste disposal taxes that have essentially lapsed while the Superfund stalled.

  • Why Obama’s Regulatory Czar Makes Liberals Nervous

    February 24, 2009 – Time.com

    And in the midst of a severe economic downturn, [Livermore] says, “it’s going to be essential to have a strong cost-benefit analysis in support of any regulation as a way of selling it to the American public. If I were a President who wanted to have a strong environmental agenda, the last thing I would do is say ‘We’re not going to look at the costs of these regulations, we’re just going to do them. “

  • The Costs and Benefits Of Cass Sunstein

    February 9, 2009 – Congressional Quarterly

    Sunstein knows “you have to understand the consequences between difficult choices,” said Revesz. “He’ll be focused on making the choice that maximizes social welfare as opposed to some ideological predisposition.”

  • Shock To The System: Should Uncle Sam Force Power Companies To Go Green?

    February 9, 2009 – National Journal Environment & Energy Expert Blog

    Until existing imbalances are eliminated, it would make sense for the Obama administration to implement short-term mechanisms to create incentivizes for clean energy. But the longer-term focus should be on trying to move away from this approach as quickly as possible as it can only be a stop gap measure treating a symptom and not the disease.

  • On Regs, Obama Thinking Out of the Box

    February 4, 2009 – Science Magazine’s Science Insider Blog

    Michael Livermore, an expert on regulatory policy at New York University’s School of Law, says revoking that executive order carried an important symbolic message: “Whatever you thought you knew about regulatory policy—things are going to be different.”

  • Obama tosses Bush order, eases OMB grip on rulemaking

    February 4, 2009 – Greenwire

    This is a step that the Obama administration is taking, saying ‘We want to allow that process to work without political interference,’ and I really think that’s the signal that they’re sending right now,” Livermore said.

  • Regulation Czar: Low Profile, Big Influence

    February 3, 2009 – BusinessWeek.com

    Cass Sunstein, one of the new President’s friends and advisers since Obama’s days at the University of Chicago, has landed one of the most powerful jobs in Washington—but one that is little known outside the Beltway. As director of the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), he will review every major regulation promulgated by any federal agency, from clean air to airline safety.

  • Simple Fix in Stimulus Plan Could Boost Impact of Billions of Dollars for Energy Efficiency

    January 30, 2009 – SolveClimate

    The Senate has a very important opportunity to improve the stimulus bill,’ Livermore said. ‘It must make sure this stimulus is a long-term dividend for the economy that keeps paying us back and isn’t just a flash in the pan.

  • Stimulus efficiency cash insufficient without standards,  advocates say

    January 30, 2009 – E&E News

    A key component … is to ensure new building that is being generated by the stimulus package is not following the old way of doing business of excess energy consumption,” Michael Livermore, executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, told reporters yesterday.