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  • Report: U.S. SEC Should Mandate Climate Disclosure Risks

    Jointly penned by the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund and New York University School of Law's Institute for Policy Integrity, a new report said the current quality of firms' climate risk disclosures is not at the same level as that for other forms of risks that publicly traded companies routinely disclose. It calls on the U.S. government to improve and mandate its current disclosure regime because it will "help not only investors deciding how to allocate capital across corporations but also the corporations themselves."

  • Morning Energy: Administration Staffs Up

    Biden on Tuesday added several policy officials and legal experts to his White House Council on Environmental Quality. Jayni Hein, recently an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law, will become senior director for NEPA and counsel.

  • Washington Moves of the Week: Here’s Who’s Landing at the Biden White House, Federal Agencies, and Capitol Hill

    Jayni Hein, the new senior director for NEPA and counsel at CEQ, was an adjunct professor of law and the Natural Resources Director for the Institute for Policy Integrity at the NYU School of Law.

  • SEC Gets New Call to Mandate Corporate Climate Disclosures

    Guidance on voluntary disclosures the Securities and Exchange Commission issued in 2010 hasn’t led to “comparable, specific, and decision-useful” climate-risk reporting from companies, the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity and the Environmental Defense Fund said in the report released Thursday. “We’re trying to make a clear case for why additional regulation is needed, despite the popularity of voluntary programs, despite the existing guidance,” said report co-author Jack Lienke, the regulatory policy director at the Institute for Policy Integrity.

  • Academics Urge Biden to Tie SCC Update to Broader Cost-Benefit Fixes

    Legal and economic experts, including NYU's Richard Revesz, are urging the Biden administration to couple its year-long process to bolster the federal government's approach to the social cost of carbon climate damages metric with a broader overhaul of cost-benefit review procedures, arguing such an approach could shield any changes from legal challenges.

  • IPI Outlines Steps for EPA to Bolster Climate-Related Equity Analyses

    The Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI) at New York University School of Law is out with a new report aimed at helping EPA and other federal agencies improve climate-related environmental justice (EJ) analyses, in line with a new executive order (EO) from President Joe Biden seeking to elevate both issues. The report also assesses the original Clinton-era EO issued in 1994 on EJ and provides detailed guidance for how agencies can conduct better EJ analysis going forward in line with Biden’s goals.

  • Can Biden Transmission Order Avoid State Backlash?

    "The question is, do the folks in charge at the Energy Department and does FERC really want to push this and risk the backlash?" said Alexandra Klass, a law professor at the University of Minnesota. "Maybe the answer is yes." A December paper from the New York University School of Law's Institute for Policy Integrity and Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy concluded that needed long-distance transmission can be developed by applying existing federal legal authorities.

  • Canada Plans Hydropower Push as Biden Looks to Clean Up U.S. Grid

    When more renewable energy comes online, power storage facilities that Canada’s reservoirs provide to the U.S. grid should become even more valuable. “There’s this version of Canadian hydro not only being firm (capacity) but being something like a battery. That’s the big picture informing the vision of some policymakers,” said Justin Gundlach, senior attorney at the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity.

  • White House to Steer Environmental Policy with Senior Leaders

    Jayni Hein, a former law professor at the New York University School of Law and natural resources director at the Institute for Policy Integrity, has become the council’s senior director for the National Environmental Policy Act, known as NEPA. Part of her role will be to steer a path through the sweeping changes the Trump administration made to NEPA—or possibly to quarterback a rewrite of them.

  • CEQ Adds Staffers with Agency, Hill and Academic Chops

    Jayni Hein will serve as Counsel and Senior Director for the National Environmental Policy Act. She was most recently the natural resources director at the Institute for Policy Integrity and an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Law.