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  • Building Power in the Environmental Movement

    • Bethany A. Davis Noll
    • Richard L. Revesz

    The environmental law field has been slow to diversify and there is widespread agreement that diversity is critical to providing high quality work that has a deep and lasting impact. So this winter and spring, in partnership with Green 2.0 and the New York City Bar’s Environmental Law Committee, we set about to explore the best strategies for proactively addressing the disparity.

  • The Father of Environmental Justice Isn’t Done Yet

    In 1994, environmental justice advocates finally won a victory at the federal level. 27 years later, Executive Order 12898 has fallen short. Because federal agencies have leeway in how they implement executive orders, it is virtually unenforceable. A report from New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity concluded that federal agencies have either outright ignored Clinton’s environmental justice order or failed to recognize whom it is intended to protect.

  • First 100 Days: U.S. Agencies ‘Moving with Remarkable Speed’ on Energy, Climate

    EPA faces the daunting task of tackling multiple regulations to meet the administration's ambitious climate goals. Finalizing passenger vehicle standards will likely be one of EPA's heaviest policy lifts, said Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University's School of Law. "The car standards have to be done quickly," Revesz said in an interview, noting any delay could mean they will apply to fewer vehicle model years.

  • EPA Vows to Take Advantage of New Methane Control Technologies

    While it may be a while before the precise outlines of EPA’s upcoming methane rules are clear, legal experts are already noting that the Senate vote makes EPA’s task easier by essentially restoring the 2016 Obama era NSPS as a baseline for further action without the need for a fresh comment process to simply reverse the Trump rule. “You can imagine the whole process of getting this done through the comment-and-rule process could take the majority of Biden’s first term,” New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity Director Richard Revesz told the Wall Street Journal.

  • U.S. Senate Votes to Restore Methane Rules for Oil and Gas Sector

    The US Senate has voted to effectively restore a federal clampdown on methane after it was abandoned by the Trump administration. “The period for introducing resolutions of disapproval has now passed, so this is probably going to be the only one that we will see disapproved,” said Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law. “The main reason is that CRA resolutions of disapproval can take up to 10 hours of Senate debate time. And early in an administration, Senate debate time is a scarce resource.”

  • Senate Votes to Reverse Trump-Era Loosening of Methane Emission Rules

    The Senate voted to restore regulations on methane gas that leaks into the air from U.S. oil and gas production. In a 52-42 vote Wednesday, the Senate invoked its power under the Congressional Review Act. The law’s power lies in its speed, said Richard Revesz, director of New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, who said that restoring methane regulations through the usual rule-making process could take two years and remain suspended for another year if challenged in court.

  • Most Economists Now See Climate Change Urgency

    74%: that's the share of economists around the world who now say it’s necessary to take “immediate and drastic” action on climate change, up from 50% in 2015, a recent survey shows. The Ph.D. economists, polled by New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity in February, came to an “overwhelming consensus that the costs of inaction on climate change are higher than the costs of action, and that immediate, aggressive emissions reductions are economically desirable,” the institute said in a report released last month.

  • The Leading Democratic Mayoral Candidates’ Environment and Resiliency Proposals

    For New York City’s next mayor, climate change presents a series of immense challenges — as well as several key opportunities for the city’s economy and improving conditions in historically neglected neighborhoods. “What I'm really encouraged to see is how much they all broadly agree on the things that need to be done,” said Justin Gundlach, a senior attorney with New York University law school’s Institute for Policy Integrity. What remains to be seen, he said, is how the candidates prioritize each of their ideas: “Not just priority among climate-related things, but priority given to climate-related issues as opposed to other issues.”

  • Drought Is Consuming the Western U.S., but Water Technologies Offer Lifelines

    Climate change also threatens the economic wellbeing of western states. Recently, the Institute for Public Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law conducted a survey of 738 economists, Gauging Economic Consensus on Climate Change, which found that the benefits of taking action on climate change far outweigh the costs.

  • Improve the Social Cost of Carbon, Do Not Replace It

    • Justin Gundlach
    • Peter Howard

    Recently, the Biden Administration called for a review and possible updating of the SCC to ensure that it reflects the latest science. Some observers, including two prominent economists, Nicholas Stern of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Joseph E. Stiglitz of Columbia University, argue that the SCC is too flawed for use in policymaking. We think Stern and Stiglitz’s estimate is worth developing to indicate whether the SCC is compatible with reaching a two degrees Celsius goal, but not to supplant the SCC.