Michael A. Livermore

Michael A. Livermore is the executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. He is the author, with Richard L. Revesz, of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environmental and Our Health.

Energy Policy

Just how big are subsidies to fossil-fuel companies? Help us find out

The Institute for Policy Integrity is using crowdsourcing to find out exactly how much companies like Shell and ExxonMobil receive in subsidies and tax breaks.

Politics

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

President Obama will likely focus heavily on economic growth and job creation. He should also make clear that economic progress need not come at the expense of the environment.

Clean Air

Three cheers for new mercury pollution standards

New mercury pollution standards: something everyone should celebrate.Environmentalists and public health advocates have a reason to stand up and cheer: Finalized rules to cut down on mercury air pollution are set to be announced today …

Climate Policy

Why is the EPA still an economic scapegoat?

Every time the economy declines, the same anti-EPA rhetoric is trotted out. But a clean environment and a strong economy are not mutually exclusive. A cost-benefit analysis of regulation shows taxpayers coming out on top.

Clean Air

A body of evidence for bodily harm from air pollution

An op-ed writer for the Washington Times demands the EPA "show him the bodies" of victims of power plant emissions. Sadly, that is all too easy to do.

Climate Policy

The EPA goes retro

The EPA's plans for retrospective review of regulations appeal to businesses and include mostly nominal updates.

Cleantech

Wellinghoff hypes IT for electricity

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 …

Habits making our world uninhabitable

Congress is making ignoring science a habit

In a recent House Energy and Commerce Committee climate hearing, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) jokingly asked if some of his fellow colleagues were going to overturn the law of gravity, “sending us floating about the …

baby steps

New EPA regulations better but not good enough

The regulations will require the installation of scrubbers at plants like this one.Photo: Duke EnergyEPA released revised regulations for industrial and commercial boilers and incinerators this week. Implemented under the Clean Air Act, the move …

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