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  • Policy Integrity’s Revesz Says Government in Strong Standing Following Supreme Court Arguments

    March 25, 2015 – E&E TV

    Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, assesses the arguments presented and questioning by the justices.

  • Industry Report Identifies Higher Costs For Ozone Proposal Than EPA Estimates

    February 27, 2015 – Bloomberg BNA

    Michael Livermore, a senior advisor with the Institute for Policy Integrity, agreed that the NERA report overestimates compliance costs by making “unrealistic” assumptions, including the assumption that shutting down coal-fired power plants would be needed to meet a revised ozone standard.

  • EPA’s Ozone Standard Is Insufficiently Stringent, Not Overly Expensive

    February 16, 2015 – RegBlog

    The economic benefits of cutting back on smog far outweigh the costs. In fact, the benefits are so great that an even more stringent rule would be economically justified.

  • Why the ‘War on Coal’ Doesn’t Exist

    November 28, 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

    For several years, Republican leaders and coal-state Democrats have railed against “Obama’s war on coal.” In reality, this supposed “war” is merely the latest stage of an effort to protect public health and welfare that began decades before President Obama took office.

  • How EPA Weighs Costs, Benefits of Air Pollution Regulation

    November 26, 2014 – NPR

    Richard Revesz , a New York University law professor and author of “Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and our Health” says the EPA has generally underestimated, not overestimated, costs. But the whole argument over costs and benefits is largely about convincing the public and the politicians.

  • Experts: Pro-Smog Pollution Report Is “Unmoored From Reality”

    August 20, 2014 – Media Matters

    Michael Livermore, senior advisor at New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity, explained that NERA’s analysis developed “an extraordinarily high and basically unrealistic picture of how expensive those costs are going to be” because they fail to account for the economic reality of businesses achieving low-cost ways to meet the standards.

  • US Congress hears constitutional experts on TSCA preemption

    July 15, 2014 – Chemical Watch

    Richard Revesz, professor of the New York University School of Law, said generally the federal government should set the floor for chemical regulations and allow states to set more stringent limits if they wanted to do so.

  • Wall Street Journal Overruled by Supreme Court on Clean Air Laws

    April 30, 2014 – Media Matters

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board is continuing to pretend that the EPA is acting against the law by regulating coal pollution, despite repeated Supreme Court rulings that conclude otherwise. On April 29, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-2 decision to re-instate the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which regulates air pollution that crosses state lines and “significantly” prevents neighboring states from achieving national air quality standards. The rule, which is part of the Clean Air Act by way of the “Good Neighbor Provision,” was delayed in 2011 for further review after being challenged by a major coal-fired operator — to the delight of the Wall Street Journal, which lauded the decision to delay for showing “how out of bounds the cross-state regulation is.” The board decided that the Supreme Court “should overturn [the Cross-State pollution rule] for violating the federalist intentions of Congress,” adding it would “to show this increasingly rogue agency that it can’t rewrite the law as it pleases.” Now that the rule has been reinstated (counter to the wishes of the Journal) in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, the paper is scrambling to find wrongdoing. The board published an editorial titled “The EPA Unchained” recycling its own faulty arguments that concluded with the fear that “the Obama EPA will feel even less bound by legal restraints, if that’s possible.” Its claims, however, are extremely misguided. … The WSJ summarily dismisses the court’s defense of the EPA’s use of cost-benefit analysis when considering the best regulatory action, calling it “ironi©” because “the EPA typically dismisses cost-benefit analysis unless a statute explicitly calls for it.” However, according to an amicus brief from NYU’s Institute for Policy Integrity, the EPA has been using cost-benefit analyses to guide inter-state air pollution regulations for decades. The “Good Neighbor Provision,” for instance, does not explicitly call for cost-benefit analysis. The Court deferred to the EPA as the most appropriate body to determine whether or not to use cost-benefit analysis to regulate pollutants that are clearly covered by the Clean Air Act.

  • Challenges Remain Despite Supreme Court Decision Reinstating EPA Cross-State Rule

    April 30, 2014 – Bloomberg BNA

    EPA scored a victory when the Supreme Court reinstated its cross-state emissions rule for power plants, but changing market and compliance conditions may force the agency to rethink how the rule is implemented. … The EPA’s Clean Air Interstate Rule, a predecessor to the cross-state rule that the D.C. Circuit also struck down, has remained in effect. Now the EPA needs to address how it will transition between the two programs, state air pollution regulators and attorneys said. “Having this issue in legal limbo for so long, EPA should move as quickly as they can to implement,” Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity, told Bloomberg BNA April 29

  • Costs of Climate Change May Prove High for Future

    April 16, 2014 – Scientific American

    Economists and scientists may have seriously underestimated the “social cost” of carbon emissions to future generations, according to a warning in the journal Nature. Social cost is a calculation in U.S. dollars of the future damage that might be done by the emission of one metric ton of carbon dioxide as greenhouse gas levels soar and climates change, sea levels rise and temperature records are broken in future decades. How much would society save if it didn’t emit that ton of carbon dioxide? One recent federal estimate is $37. Such a measure helps civil servants, businessmen and ministers to calculate the impact of steps that might be taken. On the other hand, says Richard Revesz of New York University School of Law and a research team consisting of U.S. and Swedish colleagues, assumptions of cost per ton – and these range from $12 to $64 according to various calculations – are based on models that need to be improved and extended. Our descendants will pay a higher price for greenhouse gas build-up as real costs are updated over time.