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  • Challenging the Anti-Regulatory Narrative

    July 23, 2018 – The Regulatory Review (Opinion)

    The Clean Air Act’s success reveals the flaws in the standard critique of the administrative state.

  • Pushing for the Public Interest

    June 6, 2018 – U.S. News and World Report

    Publicly owned lands in the United States contain many of the country’s most iconic natural areas as well as a wealth of natural resources. But these taxpayer-owned assets are on the verge of being given away for a fraction of their true value in an effort to prop up the uneconomical mining and drilling operations of some fossil-fuel companies, who clearly have the Department of the Interior’s ear.

  • Dispute Over Coal’s Effects on Climate Change Heads to Court

    March 22, 2018 – Bloomberg

    The Trump Interior Department could not rush through an impact statement quickly just to get it out of the way, according to Jayni Foley Hein, policy director at New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity. That’s because the National Environmental Policy Act, its regulations, and various court decisions have laid out firm guidelines about what a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement must include, she said.

  • The Keys to Our Coastal Kingdom

    January 10, 2018 – US News and World Report (Opinion)

    The Trump administration’s new draft plan for offshore drilling represents a colossal shift in policy by proposing to make nearly all U.S. coastal waters available for oil and gas exploration. The administration has framed this proposal as a way to achieve “energy dominance,” but this claim doesn’t add up: The United States is already the world’s number one oil and natural gas producer. What is clear is that the administration’s approach entails major environmental and social risks and ignores basic economic facts, making it a terrible deal for the American public.

  • Trump’s Plan to Open California Coastal Waters to New Oil and Gas Drilling Probably Won’t Go Far

    January 8, 2018 – Los Angeles Times

    Michael Livermore, an environmental law professor at the University of Virginia, said that “based entirely on the Department of Interior’s own analysis, drilling off the coast of California is a terrible idea.” He cited a section of the leasing proposal that found waters off Central California did not meet the government threshold for benefits exceeding the costs of oil drilling.

  • Trump Stretches Meaning of Deregulation in Touting Achievements

    December 29, 2017 – Bloomberg

    In the Dec. 14 press conference, Trump said the government had taken 67 deregulatory actions through Sept. 30 — with an annual savings to society of $570 million — and had imposed just three new regulations. The administration’s cost figures ignore projected benefits for regulations it has blocked, distorting the actual impacts on society, said Denise Grab, a lawyer with the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s School of Law.

  • The Biggest Environmental Rulings Of 2017

    December 15, 2017 – Law360

    Courts answered several important environmental law questions in 2017, including how the effects of greenhouse gases must be factored into project analyses. In August, a divided D.C. Circuit panel said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately analyze the greenhouse gas emissions impacts of a project that it approved and ordered the agency to redo its environmental review. Ricky Revesz, a law professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Policy Integrity, said the ruling adds to a growing body of case law showing that federal agencies must meaningfully consider the greenhouse gas emission impacts of their policy decisions.

  • EPA Slashes Social Cost of Methane in Bid to Delay Oil and Gas Limits

    November 3, 2017 – Bloomberg BNA

    Alongside those notices the agency released a cost-benefit analysis, which includes estimates of cost savings and climate benefits that the rule would have provided. The EPA’s original proposals to halt the standards had not included those climate benefits, Bethany Davis Noll, litigation director for New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity, said. Now, in the updated analysis, the agency “monkeyed with the numbers” by adjusting the social cost of methane value.

  • Trump Administration Plans to Delay Methane Controls on Oil, Gas

    October 4, 2017 – Reuters

    The U.S. Interior Department this week will try again to delay parts of an Obama-era rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. Bethany Davis Noll, the litigation director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, said the administration’s repeated moves to delay “have created substantial uncertainty for the regulated community and put at risk valuable benefits.”

  • Climate Change Ruling Could Affect Other Fossil Fuel Projects

    September 20, 2017 – Bloomberg

    A Sept. 14 decision of an appeals court establishes an argument that could be tested nationwide in other courts to challenge any fossil fuel-related project that might have climate change effects, said Jayni Foley Hein, policy director at New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity. These might include natural gas pipelines, oil sand pipelines, coal railroads, and coal export terminals.