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Government Transparency and Accountability

Safeguards that protect public well-being, including environmental policies, rely on the transparency and accountability of the federal regulatory process. These resources for journalists and policymakers highlight how fundamental changes to regulatory policy and cost-benefit analysis are currently threatening these public safeguards.


How the Trump Administration Is Obscuring the Costs of Climate Change
March 23, 2018

Why States Can’t Make Up for Inadequate Federal Enforcement of Environmental Laws
June 6, 2017

Social Costs of Greenhouse Gases
February 27, 2017

Does Environmental Regulation Kill or Create Jobs?
February 27, 2017

The Importance of Evaluating Regulatory “Co-Benefits”
February 27, 2017


No Turning Back: An Analysis of EPA’s Authority to Withdraw California’s Preemption Waiver Under Section 209 of the Clean Air Act
August 1, 2018

Toward Resilience
August 1, 2018

Analyzing EPA’s Vehicle-Emissions Decisions: Why Withdrawing the 2022-2025 Standards Is Economically Flawed
May 1, 2018

Capacity Markets and Externalities: Avoiding Unnecessary and Problematic Reforms
April 30, 2018

The Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases and State Policy: A Frequently Asked Questions Guide
October 5, 2017

The Falling Cost of Clean Power Plan Compliance
October 2, 2017

Muddying the Waters: How the Trump Administration Is Obscuring the Value of Wetlands Protection From the Clean Water Rule
September 28, 2017


Positive Ruling in Case on BLM Climate Impacts Leasing
August 3, 2018

Brief on Repeal of Interior’s Valuation Rule
June 25, 2018

Expert Declaration on Using the Social Cost of Carbon in Environmental Assessments
May 25, 2018

Brief on Department of Education’s Borrower Defense Rule
May 11, 2018

Brief on the Clean Water Rule’s “Applicability Date”
May 11, 2018

Brief to Forest Service on Expansion of Colorado’s West Elk Coal Mine
March 27, 2018

Brief on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
March 20, 2018

Brief Challenging Suspension of NHTSA Rule on Fuel Economy Penalties
March 12, 2018

Comments on Use of the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases in Environmental Impact Statements
March 9, 2018

Comments on Interior’s Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing 2019-2024 Draft Proposed Program
March 9, 2018

Royalty Rate Changes for Offshore Drilling
February 27, 2018



Comments to EPA on Increasing Transparency in Cost-Benefit Analysis
August 13, 2018

Comments to HHS on Restricting Public Funding for Family Planning Services
July 31, 2018

Comments on FERC’s NOI on the Certification of Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Facilities
July 25, 2018

Comments to BLM on Potential Oil and Gas Leasing in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
June 19, 2018

Comments to Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee
June 6, 2018

Oral Comments to EPA’s Science Advisory Board
May 25, 2018

Comments to FERC on Electric Grid Resilience Order
May 9, 2018

Comments to FERC on PJM Capacity Market Repricing Proposal
May 7, 2018

Comments to NHSTA on Civil Penalties for Violating Fuel Economy Standards
May 2, 2018

Comments to EPA on Coal Combustion Residuals Rule
April 30, 2018

Comments on Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan
April 26, 2018



EPA Lacks Legal Authority to Revoke California’s 2013 Waiver on Vehicle Emissions Standards
August 1, 2018

New Report Analyzes Electric Grid Resilience and Reveals Flaws in Coal Bailout Plan
August 1, 2018

Statement On Fuel-Efficiency Standards Lawsuit; New Report On Economics Of EPA Decision
May 1, 2018

Court Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Move To Weaken Fuel-Economy Violation Penalties
April 27, 2018

New Report Highlights How Energy Storage Could Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 25, 2018

Statement on Injunction of BLM’s Methane Waste Suspension Rule
February 23, 2018

Statement on FERC’s Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Rule
February 15, 2018

Statement on Clean Water Rule Delay
February 1, 2018

Statement of FERC Grid Resilience Announcement
January 8, 2018

Statement of Offshore Leasing Proposal
January 4, 2018

Clean Power Plan Legal Background
November 27, 2017



Environmental Standards, Thresholds, and the Next Battleground of Climate Change Regulations
Minnesota Law Review | Forthcoming

Monumental Decisions: One-Way Levers towards Preservation in the Antiquities Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Environmental Law | March 7, 2018

Deregulation: Process and Procedures That Govern Agency Decisionmaking in an Era of Rollbacks
Energy Law Journal | November 16, 2017

The One‐In, Two‐Out Executive Order Is a Zero
University of Pennsylvania Law Review | June 18, 2017


The Distraction of Pruitt’s Scandals Is Gone but That Won’t Make Deregulating Any Easier
The Hill | July 26, 2018

Challenging the Anti-Regulatory Narrative
The Regulatory Review | July 23, 2018

Pruitt Exemplified How Partisanship Hinders Policymaking
Slate | July 10, 2018

Pruitt Would Like Us to Ignore Environmental Regulations’ Indirect Benefits
Slate | June 13, 2018

Pushing for the Public Interest
U.S. News and World Report | June 6, 2018

Regulatory Impact Assessment in the Age of Partisan Volatility
The Regulatory Review | May 2, 2018

How Technology and Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Regulation
The Hill | April 23, 2018

John Kelly Was Right to Kill EPA’s ‘Red Team’ Climate Exercise
The Hill | March 12, 2018

The Keys to Our Coastal Kingdom
US News and World Report | January 10, 2018

What We Talk About When We Talk About Resilience
Utility Dive | November 30, 2017

Why Better Energy Storage Could Ramp Up Fossil-Fuel Use
The Wall Street Journal | November 13, 2017

The Costs of Coddling Coal
US News and World Report | October 25, 2017

The E.P.A.’s Smoke and Mirrors on Climate
The New York Times (Opinion) | October 9, 2017

Latinos Are Disproportionately Affected by Asthma, and Trump’s Policies Are Making It Worse
The Los Angeles Times | September 1, 2017

Structural Reforms to Improve Cost-Benefit Analyses of Financial Regulation
The Regulatory Review | August 7, 2017

Pruitt’s Deregulation Spree Has Cut Corners
Slate | August 1, 2017

Trump Follows Through on Deregulation, but at What Cost?
The Hill (Opinion) | June 26, 2017

Cutting SCC Too Costly
Times Union (Opinion) | May 13, 2017

Here’s How the EPA Can Help States With Their Smog Problems
The Washington Post (Opinion) | May 12, 2017

Stealth Repeal: Trump’s Strategy to Roll Back Regulations Through Delay
The Hill (Opinion) | May 2, 2017

Do Environmental Regulations Reduce Employment? Not Really.
Vox | Mar. 2, 2017

A Subtle Attack on the Environment
U.S. News & World Report (Opinion) | Mar. 2, 2017

Finding Common Ground in a Sea of Corporate Regulation
NPR (MPR News – Audio) | Feb. 7, 2017

Taxpayers Get a Bad Deal with the Federal Coal Program. Let’s Fix It.
The Hill | Jan. 18, 2017