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  • 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.

  • Next Supreme Court Justice Will Be Crucial to Climate Change

    February 17, 2016 – The New York Times

    Last month scholars from the law schools of Columbia University, New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles, released a report that suggested there is a provision in the Clean Air Act that would allow the E.P.A. to require states to reduce emissions that endangered other countries if such countries provided reciprocal protections to the United States.

  • The Supreme Court Weighs in on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

    February 11, 2016 – NPR - Marketplace

    Richard Revesz spoke with Marketplace about the Supreme Court’s unprecedented ruling, staying the Clean Power Plan until a lower court can rule on its legality.

  • Obama’s Hidden Climate Leverage

    February 1, 2016 – Politico

    A few weeks ago, a group of 13 prominent environmental law professors and attorneys released a 91-page report outlining this new approach, which would allow EPA to use existing laws to quickly and efficiently regulate all pollution sources, in all states — not just power plants and cars. The experts concluded, “It could provide one of the most effective and efficient means to address climate change pollution in the United States.”

  • This audacious plan would let Obama enact an economy-wide cap-and-trade system

    January 21, 2016 – Vox

    A group of legal scholars have recently drawn attention to a somewhat obscure section of the Clean Air Act that they say could unlock greater executive authority — which even the economy-wide system wonks so fervently desire.The analysis, from the Institute for Policy Integrity, the Sabin Center for Climate Change, and the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, focuses on Section 115 of the Clean Air Act, the provision on “international air pollution.”

  • Recouping Coal’s Costs to Taxpayers

    January 19, 2016 – The Hill

    In managing federal lands, Interior has the statutory obligation to earn “fair market value” for the American public when developing natural resources, and to balance energy production with environmental preservation. By using modern economic tools, Interior can illuminate coal’s hidden costs and make straightforward reforms to the federal coal program, benefiting the American public.

  • Why Does So Much U.S. Coal Come from Federal Land?

    January 15, 2016 – National Geographic

    “The federal government really does have market share,” says Jayni Hein, policy director for New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity and co-author of a recent report, “Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal.” While a similar move for oil and gas leases might simply shift more of the production to private land, she says, the coal industry doesn’t have that flexibility.