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  • Obama’s Carbon Cap-and-Trade Plan Can Boost Growth

    March 11, 2009 –

    President Barack Obama hits three nails on the head with his plan to cap carbon emissions: weaning us off fossil fuels, spurring a wave of investment and job creation, and putting cash in the pockets of Americans who most need it.

  • Should The U.S. Resurrect Superfund?

    March 4, 2009 – National Journal Environment & Energy Expert Blog

    Often, the Superfund is associated with the big toxic cleanups one reads about in the news. But just as important are the toxic disasters that never happen because of the threat of Superfund liability. By bringing the Superfund back from the dead, President Obama will reinvigorate incentives for proper waste disposal taxes that have essentially lapsed while the Superfund stalled.

  • Shock To The System: Should Uncle Sam Force Power Companies To Go Green?

    February 9, 2009 – National Journal Environment & Energy Expert Blog

    Until existing imbalances are eliminated, it would make sense for the Obama administration to implement short-term mechanisms to create incentivizes for clean energy. But the longer-term focus should be on trying to move away from this approach as quickly as possible as it can only be a stop gap measure treating a symptom and not the disease.

  • Simple Fix in Stimulus Plan Could Boost Impact of Billions of Dollars for Energy Efficiency

    January 30, 2009 – SolveClimate

    The Senate has a very important opportunity to improve the stimulus bill,’ Livermore said. ‘It must make sure this stimulus is a long-term dividend for the economy that keeps paying us back and isn’t just a flash in the pan.

  • Stimulus efficiency cash insufficient without standards,  advocates say

    January 30, 2009 – E&E News

    A key component … is to ensure new building that is being generated by the stimulus package is not following the old way of doing business of excess energy consumption,” Michael Livermore, executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, told reporters yesterday.

  • A Truly Green Economics

    December 2, 2008 –

    On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Entergy v. EPA, a case that pits environmentalists seeking strong clean water protections against industry and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. But beyond the basic facts of the case is the bigger issue of how to use cost-benefit analysis when setting environmental policy.

  • Who’s to blame for the crisis in the auto industry?

    November 24, 2008 – Grist

    Detroit is in a free fall. Some say it’s their own doing by deciding to push big gas guzzlers rather fuel efficient cars. With that choice, the Big Three maximized their short-term profits but conceded the auto market of the future to foreign companies. There is plenty of blame to pass around. Executives made exceedingly poor investment decisions. Union officials were blinded by the good times and failed to protect their members’ future. An army of lobbyists was hired to protect the industry from tighter laws.

  • How To Design Smarter Green Regulations

    October 21, 2008 – The New Republic’s The Vine Blog

    The next administration is certain to face intertwined crises on the economy, environment, and energy. There’s the prospect of a significant recession, coming on the heels of a shallow economic expansion that mostly benefited the wealthy. There’s the fact that the United States has gone years without taking any action on the great environmental challenge of our time.

  • Livermore on New York’s RGGI program

    September 25, 2008 – WOR 710 AM The John Gambling Show

    Michael Livermore, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity on a new program to curb greenhouse gas emissions: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

  • Greenhouse Gasses: Going Once, Twice ...

    September 25, 2008 –

    The cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction program, which aims to hold carbon dioxide emissions steady through 2014 and then gradually reduce them, is widely viewed as a model for future programs around the globe.

    “With the leadership vacuum in Washington, it has fallen to the states to take the lead on combating climate change,” said Richard Revesz, dean of the New York University School of Law and an expert on environmental law.