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Jack Lienke

Regulatory Policy Director

Jack Lienke is the regulatory policy director at the Institute for Policy Integrity and an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law, where he co-teaches the Regulatory Policy Clinic. Jack is a co-author, with Richard L. Revesz, of Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the ‘War on Coal’ (Oxford University Press 2016). His writing has also appeared in a variety of news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Mother Jones, The Hill, and Grist. Before joining Policy Integrity, Jack worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Manhattan and as a law clerk to the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Jack holds a J.D., cum laude, from NYU School of Law, and a B.A., with general honors, from Vassar College.

Bar Admissions: State Bar of New York | U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit | U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit | U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the ‘War on Coal’ (Oxford University Press 2016) (with Richard Revesz)


Trump’s changes to Title X put the health of low-income women in danger — The Los Angeles Times, March 2019

EPA expands Clean Air Act loopholes for coal plants — The Hill, September 2018 (with Richard Revesz)

The E.P.A.’s Smoke and Mirrors on Climate — The New York Times, October 2017 (with Richard Revesz)

Here’s how the EPA can help states with their smog problems — The Washington Post, May 2017 (with Richard Revesz)

Now we know Scott Pruitt isn’t serious about fighting smog — Grist, April 2017

Trump wants to block a court ruling on the Clean Power Plan. The court shouldn’t let him. — Grist, April 2017

Has Scott Pruitt had a change of heart about ozone pollution? — Grist, March 2017

Fact checking opponents of the Clean Power Plan — The Hill, November 2016 (with Denise Grab and Richard Revesz)

Here’s why supporters of the Clean Power Plan are feeling optimistic — Grist, October 2016

Footnote 7 and the Clean Power PlanACS Blog, September 2016 (with Denise Grab and Richard Revesz)

Learning from the Clean Air Act’s Tragic FlawPOWER, June 2016 (with Richard Revesz)

The Tragic Flaw of the Clean Air Act – RegBlog, May 2016 (with Richard Revesz)

Scalia’s death means Obama’s Clean Power Plan is more likely to succeed – Grist, February 2016

How Obama went from coal’s top cheerleader to its No. 1 enemy – Grist, February 2016

Obama’s Clean Power Plan survives a legal challenge – Grist, January 2016

Nixon’s “environmental bandwagon”: Richard Nixon signed the landmark Clean Air Act of 1970 — but not because he had any great concern about the environment – Salon, January 2016 (with Richard Revesz)

Obama Takes a Crucial Step on Climate Change – The New York Times, August 2015 (with Richard Revesz)

Here’s why you shouldn’t worry about the Supreme Court’s latest environmental ruling – Grist, June 2015

What methane and Harrison Ford have in common – Grist, October 2014

Could a copy-editing error undermine Obama’s climate rule? – Grist, August 2014

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