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  • EPA Floats Sharply Increased Social Cost of Carbon

    EPA has led the way in crafting these types of metrics in the past, said Max Sarinsky, a senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University. The agency began working on the social cost of methane and integrated it into some rulemakings before the Interagency Working Group undertook its own work. "The approaches that EPA took and that of the Interagency Working Group ultimately were consistent with each other — if that's any indication of what might be happening here," Sarinsky said.

  • How the Government Can Avoid Subsidizing Carbon-Intensive Hydrogen

    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act allocated billions of dollars toward “clean” hydrogen. Now federal agencies need to specify what counts as clean. Matt Lifson explains why a marginal-emissions approach is essential.

  • ‘West Virginia v. EPA’ Will Shape, But Not Stop, Power Plant Regulation

    After the Supreme Court handed down its decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this year, many speculated on what it does—and does not—mean for future power plant rules. One key point is clear: the decision will shape, but not stop, power plant regulation, writes Attorney Dena Adler.

  • After West Virginia, the Major Questions Doctrine Remains Limited to Extraordinary Cases

    The major questions doctrine boils down to the following: under rare circumstances that would transform the underlying statute, the Court may depart from its normal approach to agency deference and look more skeptically on agency authority in the absence of clear congressional authorization. Many have noted the ill-defined parameters of this interpretive principle,1 but one key feature is not reasonably in dispute: it remains the exception, not the rule.

  • Environmentalists Strategize To Shore Up EPA Power After West Virginia

    There is “deep thinking going on in the community about what information needs to be before the agency” in light of the importance major questions took in West Virginia v. EPA, Earthjustice attorney Kirtki Datla told a Sept. 20 Institute for Policy Integrity event.

  • FERC Rejects Complaint From Generators Seeking Strict MOPR in New York

    FERC’s latest decision “should be the final nail in the MOPR’s coffin,” Sarah Ladin, senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, said in a statement Friday. “By rejecting the request to expand NYISO’s previous rule to the rest of the state, the commission closes a chapter on overly expansive rules that undermine state authority and harm wholesale market competition.”

  • Is the Inflation Reduction Act the End of the Wholesale Clean Attribute Market?

    The IRA may reduce any real or perceived tension between wholesale markets and state policies and the need for other mechanisms to harmonize wholesale markets and state policies.

  • EPA Urged To Direct Bulk Of GHG Fund To National ‘Green Bank’

    Michael Gergen, a partner at Latham & Watkins and a board member at New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI), told a Sept. 20 event held by IPI that the GHG Reduction Fund’s multi-part structure encourages EPA to use $7 billion directly for projects and invest the direct the remaining $20 billion toward other entities in a green bank structure, which provides various groups funds that can in turn finance projects.

  • Spurred By Climate Law, Agencies Boost Push To Cut GHGs In Key Sectors

    The often-cited estimate of the law’s climate spending “actually pretty dramatically understates the total scale of investment,” argued Jeremiah Baumann, chief of staff at DOE’s Office of the Undersecretary of Infrastructure, during a Sept. 20 event hosted by New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity.

  • Regulatory Oversight Nominee Made a Career Studying Regulation

    President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the White House’s regulatory office possesses a background in environmental law, has written extensively on federal regulations and has drawn support from peers who served under Democratic and Republican administrations. Richard Revesz, a former dean of New York University’s law school known as Ricky, may also play a prominent role in shepherding the Biden administration’s policy agenda into force if Republicans take control of one or both chambers of Congress in January.