E&E News: “Will Biden’s Rulemaking Revisions Last?”
RFF President and CEO Richard G. Newell shares his thoughts on the US Office of Management and Budget's much-anticipated update to its cost-benefit analysis calculations.
The White House regulatory office Thursday responded to those comments in 94 pages and 586 footnotes grounding the changes in current economics literature.
That will make it tough for a subsequent administration to replace the update without going through a similarly rigorous process, said Richard Newell, president and CEO of Resources for the Future.
“I don’t think it would be that simple,” said Newell, an energy economist. He noted the circular underpins numerous federal decisions and rulemakings that could undergo legal challenge.
“If they were to change the guidance in a way that wasn’t scientifically valid — that was arbitrary — that could be litigated,” said Newell.
Richard G. Newell
President and CEO, Resources for the Future
Dr. Richard G. Newell is the President and CEO of Resources for the Future. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the administrator of the US Energy Information Administration, the agency responsible for official US government energy statistics and analysis.
Report — Nov 16, 2023
Tracking and Evaluation of Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs at the US Department of Energy
This report builds on a May 2023 RFF workshop that sourced experiences with and proposed best practices for developing the US Department of Energy's research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) capacity.
Resources Radio — Nov 14, 2023
Not a Shore Thing: Challenges in US Offshore Wind Development, with Ben Storrow
Ben Storrow discusses the challenges for offshore wind project development in recent years, how policymakers can address these challenges, and the future of the offshore wind industry.
Media Highlight — Nov 10, 2023
E&E News: “White House Overhaul Paves Way for Stricter Regulations”
RFF President and CEO Richard G. Newell comments on the White House's revised method for agencies to weigh regulatory costs and benefits.
Issue Brief — Nov 9, 2023
Reducing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions through “Climate-Smart” Markets, Technical Innovation, and Emissions Credit Trading
This issue brief, the last in a series on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions policy, examines "climate-smart" markets, public support for research and development, and emissions credit trading.