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  • GOP, Some States Press EPA for Answers on Implementation Plans

    June 10, 2016 – E&E News

    Richard Revesz, a witness for the Democrats, told lawmakers it was both “legal and appropriate” for EPA to continue working on regulatory matters related to the Clean Power Plan such as the model trading rules.

  • How the Effects of Climate Change in One Place Can Radiate All Over the World

    June 10, 2016 – The Washington Post

    There are some basic adaptation measures that countries might consider at the beginning of the supply chain as well, said Peter Howard, the economics director at the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity. These could include increases in air conditioning or other technological advances designed to help laborers cope with changes in the climate. One important point to consider, he added, is that under future warming scenarios, some parts of the world may reach a threshold in which outdoor labor actually becomes physically impossible. Some past research has suggested that under extreme future warming conditions, some temperature spikes could actually exceed the limits of the human respiratory system — an idea that underscores the importance of thinking about adaptation strategies now.

  • Learning from the Clean Air Act’s Tragic Flaw

    June 1, 2016 – Power

    “Why are you picking on the Clean Air Act?” That’s a question we’ve heard more than once while traveling the country to talk about our new book, Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the “War on Coal.”

  • The Earthly Truth: How To Avoid Getting Duped By Interest Groups Or Politicians On Energy Claims

    May 23, 2016 – Forbes

    A non-partisan think tank is forewarning the electorate to disregard the political rhetoric and to ask hard questions. New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity says that when candidates discuss the economics of regulations, voters need to wear their thinking caps. The variables used to arrive at calculations are glossed over while the “bottom lines” are publicized.

  • The Tragic Flaw of the Clean Air Act

    May 17, 2016 – RegBlog

    For more than four decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked to eliminate harmful air pollution pursuant to the Clean Air Act of 1970. And for just as long, EPA’s efforts have been hampered by a tragic flaw in that statute: its exemption of existing industrial facilities—most notably, coal-fired power plants—from federal limits on some of the most common, and harmful, types of pollution. As we explore in our new book, Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the “War on Coal”, this “grandfathering” of old plants has had grave and lasting consequences for public health.

  • Clinton Should Model Carter on Energy

    May 10, 2016 – CNN

    As Richard Revesz, the former NYU law school dean, and Jack Lienke have shown, much of the coal industry infrastructure has long outlived its intended natural life cycle. As these plants retire, the reality is that they are already being replaced with natural gas. That was the context for Clinton’s unfortunate remarks. In point of fact, she has put forward a plan to help transitioning workers.

  • Interior Dept. Needs to Review Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program

    April 28, 2016 – The Hill

    The federal leasing program for onshore oil and gas is plagued by environmental and economic questions. The time is ripe for a review of this program.

  • The Clean Power Plan Is Nothing New

    April 15, 2016 – U.S. News and World Report

    An analysis of prior EPA rules and relevant court decisions – some dating back to the Reagan administration – reveals that the structure of this rule is consistent with decades of Clean Air Act practice. The Clean Power Plan is novel and historic in that it finally regulates carbon emissions from the nation’s highest-polluting sector. But nothing about the legal structure of the rule is unprecedented.

  • Climate Policy’s Advocates Take Page From Same-Sex Marriage Playbook

    March 30, 2016 – The New York Times

    “The reason there is all this focus is that this is arguably the most important environmental regulation ever,” said Richard L. Revesz, the director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law. This week, the institute and several other groups will file briefs in support of the E.P.A.’s position in the case.

  • Why the U.S. is Cutting Carbon Emissions No Matter what Happens with the Supreme Court

    February 17, 2016 – The Washington Post

    “If Scalia’s seat remains vacant when the Clean Power Plan reaches the high court, a 4-4 vote would result in an automatic affirmance of the D.C. Circuit’s decision on the rule,” says Jack Lienke, an attorney with the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law.