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  • New See-No-Evil Trump Rule Undercuts Climate-Change Efforts

    January 15, 2020 – San Francisco Chronicle (Opinion)

    It is impossible to ignore the incongruity of the Trump administration’s latest attack on environmental protection with the dire effects of climate change now being felt around the world. Thousands have fled burning towns in Australia and California, helpless in the face of catastrophic wildfires, and Arctic sea ice is declining at an unprecedented rate. Rather than develop even modest solutions to this grave crisis, the Trump administration has focused its efforts on a newly unveiled proposal to weaken the United States’ bedrock environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act, enacted in 1970.

  • Trump Moves to Exempt Big Projects From Environmental Review

    January 9, 2020 – The New York Times

    The White House on Thursday will introduce the first major changes to the nation’s benchmark environmental protection law in more than three decades. Richard L. Revesz, a professor of environmental law at New York University, said he did not believe the changes would hold up in court. In fact, he argued, it is more likely that federal agencies will be sued for inadequate reviews, “thereby leading to far longer delays than if they had done a proper analysis in the first place.”

  • Exposing the Contradictions in Trump’s Assault on Climate Change Policy

    November 27, 2019 – The Hill (Opinion)

    The Trump administration said the decision to exit the Paris agreement was made because of its “unfair economic burden” on the U.S. economy. These dire predictions about the costs of addressing climate change have been a mainstay of the administration’s rhetoric since its beginning. Yet at times when it was convenient to take the opposite position, the administration has argued that climate regulations in fact impose no costs on the economy. These contradictory efforts have been used to protect the coal industry at the expense of the American people

  • Trump’s EPA Chooses Rodents Over People

    September 26, 2019 – The New York Times

    The agency will curtail its reliance on animal testing, putting public health at risk.

  • Trump’s Regulatory ‘Whack-a-Mole’

    April 10, 2019 – Politico (Opinion)

    Despite its low success rate, the administration is actually winning — at least some of the time. That’s because the administration has learned to use delaying tactics to undermine and even repeal federal regulations it doesn’t like, even when judges rule against it in court.

  • On Climate, the Facts and Law Are Against Trump

    December 4, 2018 – The New York Times

    A recent government report predicts dire consequences from climate change. That complicates efforts to weaken environmental laws.

  • The Institute for Policy Integrity Brings Economic Sense to Regulatory Debates

    November 30, 2018 – NYU Law News

    The tumultuous state of US environmental regulation during the Trump administration was implicit in the title of the 10th anniversary conference of NYU Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity: “Energy and Environmental Policy: The Quest for Rationality.” But when environmental policy experts convened at the Law School in late September, the two keynote speakers, both seasoned veterans of regulatory battles, articulated reasons for cautious optimism.

  • Trump Administration’s Strategy on Climate: Try to Bury Its Own Scientific Report

    November 25, 2018 – The New York Times

    “This report will be used in court in significant ways,” said Richard L. Revesz, an expert in environmental law at New York University. “I can imagine a lawyer for the Trump administration being asked by a federal judge, ‘How can the federal government acknowledge the seriousness of the problem, and then set aside the rules that protect the American people from the problem?’ And they might squirm around coming up with an answer.”

  • Trump Rollbacks Causing Premature Deaths Should Not Be Celebrated

    October 25, 2018 – The Hill

    The administration’s so-called accomplishments, which include rolling back hazardous waste regulations and consumer protection rules, will inflict great harms on the American people, resulting in additional deaths, illnesses, and bankruptcies. The damages done by these heedless regulatory rollbacks significantly exceed the cost savings for regulated industries.

  • Gina McCarthy: These Are ‘Crazy Ass’ Times

    October 1, 2018 – E&E News

    Speaking Friday at the Institute for Policy Integrity’s 10th anniversary conference at the New York University School of Law, McCarthy ticked off a long list of environmental policies that frustrate her. Some of her complaints: Climate science has been scrubbed from government websites; the administration is changing how it calculates the benefits of slashing greenhouse gases; and President Trump has said he’ll exit the Paris climate accord.