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  • Greenhouse Gasses: Going Once, Twice ...

    September 25, 2008 – cbsnews.com

    The cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction program, which aims to hold carbon dioxide emissions steady through 2014 and then gradually reduce them, is widely viewed as a model for future programs around the globe.

    “With the leadership vacuum in Washington, it has fallen to the states to take the lead on combating climate change,” said Richard Revesz, dean of the New York University School of Law and an expert on environmental law.

  • Weighing the costs and benefits of increased offshore drilling

    September 11, 2008 – Grist

    On September 12, Congress will vote on a new energy package that addresses the offshore drilling moratorium among other issues. Given the large divisions among and between the parties, it’s unlikely a final solution will be enacted. That might not be a bad thing. A breather before the new Congress would give us some time to really flesh out the pros and cons of this decision. Questions, heated opinions and conflicting information have been bandied about for months. With so much confusion, we need to do a better job of figuring out the costs and benefits of this major choice.

  • Drill, Baby, Drill–If It Makes Economic Sense, That Is

    September 9, 2008 – Wall Street Journal’s Green Ink Blog

    In other words, what are the real costs and benefits of opening up America’s coast to more oil exploration? That’s just what a couple of NYU academics want Congress to figure out as it regroups this week to tackle the energy crisis. Richard Revesz and Michael Livermore sent a letter today to House speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican leader John Boehner urging Congress to put economic—not political—concerns at the forefront of the energy debate for a change.

  • Climate Change Pact Moves Ahead

    August 12, 2008 – Albany Times Union

    “Environmentalists applauded and industry lobbyists fretted as the state moved ahead Monday with plans to fight climate change, starting with greenhouse gases coming from electric power plants. . . . ‘With the leadership vacuum in Washington, it has fallen to the states to take the lead on combating climate change,’ said Richard L. Revesz, dean of New York University School of Law.”

  • The Environment And Economics Aren’t At Odds

    June 10, 2008 – Forbes.com

    [Environmentalists] face the daunting challenge of convincing the next president and Congress to take significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To do so, they must show the American public that they are not zealots on a fool’s errand, but rather responsible voices working to address very real threats with real economic consequences.

  • Richard Revesz responds to Lisa Heinzerling, defending cost-benefit analysis

    June 5, 2008 – Grist

    Cost-benefit analysis, correctly applied to many environmental problems, will show that strong environmental regulation is often economically efficient. Although some environmentalists, including Lisa Heinzerling in a recent post, have expressed reservations about the use of cost-benefit analysis to evaluate environmental rules, rejecting cost-benefit analysis instead of seeking to reform it would be a major strategic error for the environmental movement.

  • NYU School of Law Forms New Nonpartisan Think Tank on Regulation

    May 20, 2008 – The National Law Journal

    “Without cost-benefit analysis, we are essentially regulating in the dark, a bad idea when regulations can cost billions of dollars, and smart regulation can save lives,” Revesz said. “By fighting to mend, rather than end, cost-benefit analysis, environmentalists can retake the high ground and win the fight for strong regulation.”

  • A disagreement over the usefulness of benefit-cost analysis

    May 16, 2008 – Environmental Economics

    Richard Revesz, the dean of New York University School of Law, wants environmentalists to embrace and improve economic tools, especially the art of tallying up costs and benefits of any given policy.

  • Green Economics: How Do You Value the Environment?

    May 15, 2008 – The Wall Street Journal’s Environmental Capital Blog

    Richard Revesz, the dean of New York University School of Law, wants environmentalists to embrace and improve economic tools, especially the art of tallying up costs and benefits of any given policy. Lisa Heinzerling, professor of law at Georgetown, says environmental “cost-benefit analysis” is an oxymoron, because it’s unable to tally many of the environment’s intangible benefits (“the first warbler of spring.”)

  • Rational Regulation: Oxymoron?

    May 14, 2008 – Triple Pundit

    Cost-benefit analyses, the primary means used for decision support and decision making in government regulatory processes, have been overwhelmingly dominated by anti-regulatory rhetoric and vested interests for too long. Environmentalists, rather than fighting to restore balance and more rigorous rationality to the process left the field and concentrated their efforts on trying to persuade lawmakers to remove cost-benefit analysis from the procedural regulatory toolkit, according to Revesz.