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  • Most economists give ‘clear endorsement’ for U.S. emission curbs—survey

    November 4, 2009 – Greenwire

    Most economists say the United States should commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions regardless of other countries’ actions, according to a survey released today. New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity queried nearly 300 economists who have published articles on climate change and got responses from 144 of them.

    “We can now say that economists agree about the severe effects of climate change on our economy, just as scientists agree about the severe effects of climate change on our planet,” said Richard Revesz, dean of NYU’s law school. “There is a clear endorsement for action among the economists who study this issue.”

  • Economists Concur on Threat of Warming

    November 4, 2009 – The New York Times’s Green Inc. Blog

    A New York University School of Law survey found near unanimity among 144 top economists that global warming threatens the United States economy and that a cap-and-trade system of carbon regulation will spur energy efficiency and innovation.

    “Outside academia the level of consensus among economists is unfortunately not common knowledge,” Richard Revesz, dean of the law school, said during a press conference Wednesday. “The results are conclusive – there is broad agreement that reducing emissions is likely to have significant economic benefits.”

  • Survey: Economists see threat in climate change

    November 3, 2009 – USA Today

    “An economist tree hugger is an imaginary creature,” says Michael Livermore of New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity, which conducted the survey. “But we found that economists really see climate change poses a lot of risk to the economy.”

    The survey approached the 289 economists who had published climate-related studies in the top 25 economics journals in the past 15 years. About half, 144, responded, and 75% agreed or strongly agreed on the “value” of greenhouse-gas controls

  • Five Ways to Fix Urban Transportation

    October 30, 2009 – Americas Quarterly

    Cities need good public transportation systems to prosper and grow. But in today’s world such systems must also be environmentally sustainable. That is especially true in developing countries, where rapid urbanization is creating huge pressure on aging infrastructures. By adopting smart policies that incorporate environmental needs, a city can improve the quality of life for residents while ensuring that its growth does not overtax its resources.

  • When will we stop paying the hidden fossil fuel tax?

    October 30, 2009 – Grist

    Last week, the nation suffered from major sticker shock when we learned that our use of fossil fuels comes with a hidden price tag of $120 billion per year. Thanks to the results of the National Research Council’s report on energy and the environment, some of the extra costs of dirty energy were exposed.

  • Methane leakage runs up a $50 billion bill

    October 22, 2009 – Grist

    Methane is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide, so when it’s leaking by the ton, it’s a $50 billion problem. The New York Times described the phenomenon of methane leakage in a recent article which raised questions about the true costs of this waste.

  • New Regs Could Spark Auto Emissions Market

    October 21, 2009 – National Journal’s Environment Blog

    Michael Livermore, executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity, a think tank affiliated with the New York University School of Law, said the ability to trade carbon emissions among companies, if utilized, could trigger automakers to go above and beyond what the government has called for. “If you didn’t have a program like this, once you met the standard, there would be no reason to go further, but under this program there is,” Livermore said. “You can go and sell them to someone else. It can push the best players the furthest. If the goal is to promote a start to a technological arms race for manufacturers to develop fuel efficient cars, this will help do that.”

  • A Sea of Change for Island Nations

    October 14, 2009 – Environmental Protection’s Planetshed Blog

    Saturday, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed will lead a cabinet meeting underwater. The unusual choice of location is to practice for later in the century when low-lying Pacific Island nations will find themselves inundated, thanks to the impacts of climate change. The political leaders of these countries know they don’t have the luxury of seeing global warming through rose-colored glasses. Without action, the almost 9 million citizens of these island nations will be swallowed up by the sea.

  • A Vigorous Push From Federal Regulators

    October 13, 2009 – The Washington Post

    “In the Bush administration, the problem was that the political folks were hostile to the mission,” said Michael A. Livermore, executive director of the Institute for the Study of Regulation at New York University Law School. “We’ve already seen the new direction of this White House play out in other regulatory aspects — the Environmental Protection Agency and financial regulation. With the consumer protection agencies, you’re going to see a lot more stuff happening because they fit Obama’s broad vision for government.”

  • EPA carbon control seen fraught with problems

    October 7, 2009 – Reuters

    The Obama administration has warned it could use the Environmental Protection Agency to help cut carbon emissions if Congress drags its heels, but legal and logistical problems could thwart that strategy. Environmental groups, like the Sierra Club, and legal experts, such as those at New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity, have said the EPA could get around Congress and create a national cap-and-trade market on the emissions.