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  • Guest post: Michael Livermore on cost-benefit analysis

    October 27, 2008 – Common Tragedies

    Our next President will face triplet crises on the economy, environment, and energy. A fiscal crisis teetering on recession, uncontrolled greenhouse gases, and oil-rich dictators profiting from sky-high prices at the pump. With these three major storm fronts rolling in and threatening to collide, we’d better be prepared with a good plan. And I don’t think evacuation is an option.

  • Bush Administration: We Can So Promulgate New HHS Regulations!

    October 23, 2008 – RH Reality Check

    10.23.08 : Coverage of IPIs response from OIRA on Bush Administration’s midnight regulations.

    “There are many reasons to oppose the new Health and Human Services regulations that would expand provider conscience protections. The new regulations would enable providers not only to refuse to supply but refuse to refer patients for procedures or services the providers opposed, including contraception, abortion, and sexual health care services.”

  • Gas Prices + CO2 + Economy = The Perfect Storm

    October 22, 2008 – Triple Pundit

    We don’t yet know who will win the White House on November 4th. But what we do know is that the next administration will need to deal with a triplet of crises in the economy, environment, and energy. We’re watching the upward tick of the cost of a gallon of gas, the downward spiral of our economy, and the steady march towards 390 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Any one of these issues could make for a disaster. But as the three fronts converge, what we have is the perfect storm.

  • How To Design Smarter Green Regulations

    October 21, 2008 – The New Republic’s The Vine Blog

    The next administration is certain to face intertwined crises on the economy, environment, and energy. There’s the prospect of a significant recession, coming on the heels of a shallow economic expansion that mostly benefited the wealthy. There’s the fact that the United States has gone years without taking any action on the great environmental challenge of our time.

  • Huge Economic and Health Costs of New HHS Regulation Dismissed

    October 13, 2008 – RH Reality Check

    Pro-choice organizations and women’s groups have rightly been vocal about a recent proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand protections for medical professionals who refuse to provide health care services that they object to on moral grounds.

  • Comments Galore on DOL’s Risk Rule

    October 10, 2008 – The Pump Handle

    Despite a short 30-day comment period, dozens of interested individuals and organizations provided comments to Asst. Secretary Leon Sequeira about his proposed so-called risk assessment policy. I’ve pulled some of my favorite excerpts for your consideration:

  • Livermore on New York’s RGGI program

    September 25, 2008 – WOR 710 AM The John Gambling Show

    Michael Livermore, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity on a new program to curb greenhouse gas emissions: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

  • 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.