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  • Capping Carbon: The Economic Case For Acting Quickly

    March 23, 2009 – The New Republic’s The Vine Blog

    According to various press reports, the Obama administration and Congress may decide not to push a cap on carbon emissions through this year’s budget reconciliation process…But one thing to note here is that the longer Congress waits on putting a cap in place, the more we actually hinder the ability of our economy to prepare for an inevitable carbon-constrained future.

  • Obama is right to return most carbon revenue to taxpayers

    March 20, 2009 – Grist

    As a climate change policy, President Obama’s carbon cap is a winner. It gets greenhouse reductions at the lowest possible cost and spurs the innovation and invention that will drive us to a clean-energy economy. But if folks are eyeing the carbon cap as a way to raise money to pay for clean energy programs, they are barking up the wrong tree. Unless these funds are returned to the American public, the cap will have severely regressive effects on lower-income Americans. And in the end, it would come back around to bite us by sapping support for environmental spending in the future.

  • No Free Lunch for Millionaires

    March 16, 2009 – Huffington Post:

    Obama wants to stop energy companies from eating our lunch – we shouldn’t fight him. In our backwards political climate, President Obama’s sensible carbon cap proposal has gotten him in hot water with everyone from utilities to members of the green movement. While other plans give away pollution permits to energy companies for free —a windfall valued roughly $100 billion per year—President Obama’s proposal auctions off the permits and refunds the money to taxpayers.

  • Should Industry Pay To Pollute?

    March 12, 2009 – National Journal Environment & Energy Expert Blog

    President Obama is right to auction off 100% of the carbon credits and he is also right to refund that revenue to American taxpayers—this is the key piece of the puzzle that will promote broad based support for climate change policy.

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

    March 11, 2009 –

    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 –

    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.”