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  • The Economics of EPA Regs

    April 4, 2012 – Energy Biz

    With the presidential election paring down to two candidates, the subject of environmental regulations and economic implications is building up. A new report by a non-partisan think tank is now forewarning the electorate to disregard the political rhetoric and to ask more critical questions.

    New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity says that when candidates discuss the affect that regulations will have on jobs, voters need to wear their thinking caps. The variables used to arrive at such calculations are hardly ever discussed whereas the “bottom lines” are routinely promoted.

  • Report: Jobs debate is too simplistic

    April 3, 2012 – Politico

    As Election Day draws near, politicians rely increasingly on conflating environmental regulations with employment numbers, a political game that lacks nuance and sidesteps the complicated reality of the situation, says a new report from the Institute for Policy Integrity.

    The result is “too much pressure on [jobs] forecasts that are so sensitive,” said Michael Livermore, executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law and one of the authors of the report released Tuesday.

  • Regulatory Red Herring: Job Impacts of Government Action

    April 3, 2012 – Daily Kos

    The Institute for Policy Integrity took on the task of shining light on how job impact analysis is (ab)used in political discussion: The Regulatory Red Herring: The Role of Job Impact Analyses in Environmental Policy Debates. The executive summary provides a cogent example of the challenges in the discussion.

  • Environmental Rules: Job Killers or Job Creators?

    April 3, 2012 – New York Times

    But on Tuesday, the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s School of Law said in a new report that despite the limitations of current methods of measuring job gains and losses, they should be considered when drawing up future environmental rules.

    Michael A. Livermore, the institute’s director and the principal author of the study, noted that the the oratory surrounding job impacts has heated up in recent years — for example, in the debates over new Clean Air Act rules and the Keystone XL oil pipeline. (His report noted that the term “job-killing regulations” had appeared in a sampling of American newspapers four times in 2007 and 706 times in 2011.)

  • Killing the “Job-Killing Regulation” Meme

    April 3, 2012 – Bloomberg

    The phrase “job-killing regulation” has become a standard part of the political lexicon this campaign season, most often used to disparage President Barack Obama’s energy and environmental policies.

    But a new report suggests we ought to take claims of regulatory-related unemployment with a grain of salt. The Institute for Political Integrity, a nonpartisan think tank associated with the New York University School of Law, finds many of the studies purporting to show mass job losses — or gains — from environmental rules use poorly executed economic models that do not accurately measure true costs and benefits.

  • New report tries to clear up debate over EPA and jobs

    April 3, 2012 – Washington Post

    Someone needs to bring a little order to this chaos. And a new paper (pdf) by the Institute for Policy Integrity tries to do just that. The authors, Michael Livermore, Elizabeth Piennar, and Jason Schwartz, make two key points. First, most of the concrete estimates of job losses and gains around environmental rules are wildly misused — people basically just tout whatever study supports their pre-existing beliefs. And, second, while job impacts are important, they should be looked at in the broader context of the costs and benefits of new regulations. Job losses or gains, the authors note, “should not serve as a trump card.”

  • Study explores limits of modeling links between enviro rules, jobs

    April 3, 2012 – Greenwire

    The politics of how environmental regulations affect hiring and firing is distorted by campaign rhetoric that often gives short shrift to the uncertainties surrounding economic models, New York University researchers argue in a report released today.

    NYU’s Institute for Policy Integrity looked at the complex relationship between the labor market and regulations in the report and determined politicians on either side of the fight often fail to call attention to the limits and assumptions of such models.

  • In State of the Union, Obama should stress that environmental protections don’t kill jobs

    January 23, 2012 – Grist

    In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama is likely to focus heavily on economic growth and job creation. But he should also make clear that economic progress need not come at the expense of the environment; to the contrary, the public-health efforts he’s made over the past year will generate billions of dollars in value for the American public.

  • Wellinghoff hypes IT for electricity

    April 27, 2011 – Grist

    In his vision of an America transitioning away from fossil fuels, Jon Wellinghoff, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, sees information technology as the basis for tremendous financial and employment opportunities. And with the right policies and incentives, this could happen soon. But in our current political reality, it feels like light years away.

    Speaking on the future of American energy in the United States at Princeton recently, Wellinghoff got into the details of the technologies, many sitting on the shelf today, that could change individuals’ use of electricity and fuel — and would change some of how America does business for the better.

  • A cap-and-dividend way to a cleaner nation and more jobs

    June 18, 2010 – Washington Post

    Researchers at the New York University School of Law found that the legislation would generate good, “green jobs” in areas such as construction, solar power and mass transit because a predictable carbon price spurs investment in efficiency and cleaner-energy solutions.