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  • Trump Administration Pushes States’ Energy Rights — as Long as They Are Coal States

    August 21, 2018 – Los Angeles Times

    “In regulating greenhouse gas pollution, the EPA is legally required to use the ‘best system of emission reduction,’ not a mediocre or downright counterproductive system of emission reduction,” said Richard Revesz, dean emeritus at NYU School of Law and director of its Institute for Policy Integrity. “This proposal is an enormous step backwards, and it will have severe repercussions for public health and the climate.”

  • Trump Administration Reveals Greenhouse Gas Rule for Power Plants to Replace Obama-Era Plan

    August 21, 2018 – CNBC

    “In regulating greenhouse gas pollution, the EPA is legally required to use the ‘best system of emission reduction,’ not a mediocre or downright counterproductive system of emission reduction,” said Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law. “This proposal is an enormous step backwards, and it will have severe repercussions for public health and the climate.”

  • Courts to the Rescue?

    August 20, 2018 – Boston Review

    Writing in The Hill, Bethany A. Davis Noll and Richard Revesz note that the scientific and evidentiary basis legally required for the Trump environmental regulations is largely absent. These legal deficiencies have led some experts to predict that the seeming revolution in regulatory policy will come a cropper, as federal judges on the D.C. Circuit and then the Supreme Court throw out the shoddy work. Courts to the rescue!

  • To Kill Climate Rule, EPA Proposes Redefining the Dangers of Soot

    August 6, 2018 – Scientific American

    “It would be hard for the Trump administration to say [the Clean Power Plan] is a net bad for the American people; the total benefits were significantly more than the cost,” said Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University. Revesz noted that Trump’s EPA was only able to legally justify rolling back the rule by “mangling” the Clean Power Plan’s direct greenhouse gas benefits and its additional co-benefits of cutting pollutants like fine particles.

  • Trump’s Assault on Auto Pollution Rules Is the Latest Salvo in a War on States’ Rights

    August 2, 2018 – The Huffington Post

    It’s difficult to say whether the Trump administration can legally rescind the California waiver. A report New York University School of Law released Wednesday argued the EPA lacks the legal authority to withdraw the waiver. No president has ever tried. And, according to David Driesen, an environmental law professor at Syracuse University, arguing that the state’s CO2 rules don’t meet the standards set out in the Clean Air Act is “just not a plausible argument.”

  • Trump’s Decision to Rollback Fuel Standards Puts a Dark Cloud Over the Country

    August 2, 2018 – Forbes

    It’s difficult to say whether the Trump administration can legally rescind the California waiver. A report New York University School of Law released Wednesday argued the EPA lacks the legal authority to withdraw the waiver. No president has ever tried. And, according to David Driesen, an environmental law professor at Syracuse University, arguing that the state’s CO2 rules don’t meet the standards set out in the Clean Air Act is “just not a plausible argument.”

  • Trump Attack on California’s Emission Standards Faces Legal Battle

    August 2, 2018 – San Francisco Chronicle

    An essay by scholars at the New York University School of Law argues that the EPA lacks legal authority to revoke a state’s waiver before it expires. California’s waiver from the Obama administration, negotiated in 2013, is due to last until 2026.

  • Pruitt’s Successor Wants Rollbacks, Too. And He Wants Them to Stick.

    July 27, 2018 – The New York Times

    Prof. Richard L. Revesz, an expert in environmental law at New York University, said Mr. Wheeler was “trying to be more careful and less sloppy” than his former boss. “By taking time to improve the quality of the legal justifications, Wheeler may ensure that E.P.A. won’t be subject to losing on certain types of policies,” Professor Revesz said.

  • The Distraction of Pruitt’s Scandals Is Gone but That Won’t Make Deregulating Any Easier

    July 26, 2018 – The Hill (Opinion)

    Now that Scott Pruitt’s scandal-ridden tenure has ended, there are those who might like to think that the Environmental Protection Agency will be able to move past the distractions and roll back major environmental regulations successfully. But Pruitt’s time as EPA’s administrator was marked by more than just scandals. He also lost in court repeatedly when his deregulatory efforts were challenged.

  • Challenging the Anti-Regulatory Narrative

    July 23, 2018 – The Regulatory Review (Opinion)

    The Clean Air Act’s success reveals the flaws in the standard critique of the administrative state.