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  • An Overeager Legal Strategy May Endanger Trump’s Energy Goals

    April 4, 2019 – Roll Call

    Revesz said many of the court losses can be tied to a conundrum for the administration: If they complete scientific and thorough analysis to justify what they want to do, that work will show why their goal is harmful to the public. But if they complete haphazard analysis, judges will see through it. “So they’re caught between a rock and a hard place,” Revesz told CQ. “I think in some cases there is not good analysis that they could do, so they resort to bad analysis.”

  • How State Power Regulators Are Making Utilities Account for the Costs of Climate Change

    April 1, 2019 – The Conversation

    Every additional ton of the greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity contributes to climate change. This carbon pollution has many negative consequences, both to the physical world and also to global social and economic systems. But utilities don’t always tally the costs of these consequences. Because dealing with climate change is astronomically expensive, we believe that this should change.

  • Obama-Era Oil Leases Broke the Law by Not Assessing Climate Impact, Judge Rules

    March 20, 2019 – The New York Times

    “What this decision says is, in evaluating the environmental consequences of the lease, an agency has to look not just at the consequences of the impacts immediately surrounding the lease but also the consequences down the road of burning the fuel once it’s extracted,” said Richard L. Revesz, an expert on environmental law at New York University. “That’s enormously important.”

  • The Real Reason the Trump Administration Is Constantly Losing in Court

    March 20, 2019 – The Washington Post

    Two-thirds of the cases accuse the Trump administration of violating the Administrative Procedure Act, a nearly 73-year-old law that forms the primary bulwark against arbitrary rule. The normal “win rate” for the government in such cases is about 70 percent, according to analysts and studies. But as of mid-January, a database maintained by the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law shows Trump’s win rate at about 6 percent.

  • Trump’s Changes to Title X Put the Health of Low-Income Women in Danger

    March 6, 2019 – Los Angeles Times (Opinion)

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ new rule was accompanied by an assessment of its probable costs and benefits. Conspicuously absent from the tally: any acknowledgment of harms that the rule will impose on low-income women by reducing their access to affordable healthcare.

  • EPA Is Rolling Back Protections with Methodology No Respectable Economist Would Endorse

    March 4, 2019 – The Hill (Opinion)

    The agency has invented a new, unnatural way of evaluating regulatory cost that finds no support in the economics literature or in the regulatory practices of prior administrations of either political party.

  • Less Scandal, Equal Dysfunction

    February 27, 2019 – Slate (Opinion)

    Andrew Wheeler’s EPA may not be as dramatic as Scott Pruitt’s, but it still suffers the pathologies that make its work poor quality—and unlikely to hold up in court.

  • Achieving Climate Goals Will Require Sound Energy Storage Policies

    February 19, 2019 – The Regulatory Review (Opinion)

    As climate threats mount and the window to act is beginning to close, states need to adopt desirable energy storage policies as quickly as possible.

  • For Trump Administration, It Has Been Hard to Follow the Rules on Rules

    January 22, 2019 – The New York Times

    An analysis by the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law shows that more than 90 percent of court challenges to major Trump deregulatory actions have been successful so far. In a typical administration, the government wins on such challenges around 70 percent of the time, said Richard Revesz, a law professor at N.Y.U. who specializes in environmental law. “This is truly aberrational,” he said.

  • Marketplace Morning Report

    January 15, 2019 – NPR

    Senators may ask Wheeler about his plans to ease carbon pollution regulations on coal plants. That and many other initiatives will face legal challenges, including plans to roll back auto fuel efficiency and air pollution standards. Richard Revesz at NYU Law doubts if any will survive.