The Hill: “White House Finalizes Guidance Expected to Result in Stricter Regulations”
RFF President and CEO Richard G. Newell provides insight into new guidance about how the US government makes regulatory decisions.
Richard Newell, president of climate think tank Resources for the Future said the move is particularly important for climate change.
“It updates the methods for regulatory analysis to be more appropriate for issues — really for all issues, but in particular issues related to climate change — and it corrects certain flaws in prior guidance that tended to undervalue the long-term benefits of taking climate action,” he said.
Newell said agencies across the federal government will now be able to give more weight to the benefits of mitigating climate change, or the risks of not doing so.
“Using an approach that’s reflected in the new guidance increases the benefit from taking climate action by over threefold,” Newell said.
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.