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  • Exposing the Contradictions in Trump’s Assault on Climate Change Policy

    November 27, 2019 – The Hill (Opinion)

    The Trump administration said the decision to exit the Paris agreement was made because of its “unfair economic burden” on the U.S. economy. These dire predictions about the costs of addressing climate change have been a mainstay of the administration’s rhetoric since its beginning. Yet at times when it was convenient to take the opposite position, the administration has argued that climate regulations in fact impose no costs on the economy. These contradictory efforts have been used to protect the coal industry at the expense of the American people

  • States Don’t Have to Wait for Congress to Put a Price on Carbon

    November 21, 2019 – The Wall Street Journal (Opinion)

    Policy makers and regulators around the country are trying to figure out how to rapidly decarbonize the electricity sector. There are debates about what renewable goals states should have, by when, what should count as clean energy, and how much energy efficiency states should invest in. These debates overlook the most important tool we can rely on to achieve our clean-energy goals: markets and price signals.

  • Carbon Pricing Will Fuel Renewable Energy Transition

    November 20, 2019 – Albany Times Union (Opinion)

    New York’s economy could stand to gain more than $3 billion if the state’s electric grid operator adopts a simple policy change: putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. This is the conclusion of a new study released by the New York Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s electricity grid.

  • California and Other States Sue Trump Administration for the Right to Set Fuel-Efficiency Standards

    November 15, 2019 – The Washington Post

    “The Trump administration is on very weak footing in its attempt to revoke the waiver,” said Richard L. Revesz, an environmental and regulatory law expert at New York University’s law school. He added that the “action is unprecedented” and that the Clean Air Act “does not contemplate the possibility that the federal government would revoke a waiver that had already been granted.”

  • Economic Analysis Could Undermine Trump Rule Repeal

    October 30, 2019 – E&E News

    When the Trump administration finalized its repeal of the Obama-era Clean Water Rule last month, it also quietly updated an economic analysis of the repeal’s costs and benefits. Bethany Davis Noll, litigation director at New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, faulted the new analysis for only focusing on how the repeal would affect individual states, instead of looking at how varied levels of state waterway protections could lower water quality in states with strong protections if they are downstream of those that are more lax.

  • Justice Dept. Sues California to Stop Climate Initiative From Extending to Canada

    October 23, 2019 – The New York Times

    “It would have a chilling effect on anything California would do,” said Richard L. Revesz, a professor of environmental law at New York University. “Any state that does something significant is going to have to worry about finding itself in the cross hairs of federal litigation.”

  • Greta Thunberg Is Right: It’s Time to Haul Ass on Climate Change

    October 4, 2019 – Vox

    Just as there is a danger of climatic feedback loops, there is a danger of what Peter Howard and Michael Livermore (of NYU and UVA Law Schools respectively) call, in a recent Harvard Law Review paper, “sociopolitical feedbacks.” Prudence suggests acting aggressively while coordinated action is still possible.

  • DC Circuit Rejects EPA Air Rule, Requires Tighter Emission Limits on Power Plants, Other Sources

    October 2, 2019 – Utility Dive

    “This court decision is very good news for public health in many parts of the country,” Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, said in a statement. Revesz said the Trump administration “has consistently flouted” a core obligation of the Clean Air Act, to protect the air quality of downwind states that suffer from excessive upwind pollution. “A number of related cases are pending and this decision may be the harbinger of further defeats for the EPA,” he said.

  • Trump Administration’s Arctic Drilling Plans a ‘Blatant Disregard for Science’

    October 1, 2019 – Newsweek

    Jayni Foley Hein, the Natural Resources Director for the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, told Newsweek, “The analysis here is a disservice to the American people, who deserve to understand the full environmental and economic implications of drilling in ANWR for an estimated 70 years.” Hein says this move from the Trump White House Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a 180-degree turn on previous administrations, who have sought to protect the Refuge since its inception in 1960.

  • Trump’s EPA Chooses Rodents Over People

    September 26, 2019 – The New York Times

    The agency will curtail its reliance on animal testing, putting public health at risk.