Familiar Territory: A Survey of Legal Precedents for the Clean Power Plan

4 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2016

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Richard L. Revesz

New York University School of Law

Denise Grab

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Policy Integrity

Jack Lienke

Institute for Policy Integrity

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

Opponents of the Clean Power Plan claim that it is unprecedented because it relies on beyond-the-fenceline measures, uses the availability of such measures to determine the stringency of its emission guidelines rather than just as a compliance technique, shifts energy generation from relatively dirtier sources to relatively cleaner sources, and authorizes broad trading schemes in the absence of congressional authorization. Contrary to these claims, we show that there are precedents for each of these regulatory features in EPA rules adopted over decades by administrations of both political parties.

Keywords: Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Power Plan, emission guidelines, regulation

JEL Classification: K, K23, K32

Suggested Citation

Revesz, Richard L. and Grab, Denise and Lienke, Jack, Familiar Territory: A Survey of Legal Precedents for the Clean Power Plan (March 1, 2016). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740006

Richard L. Revesz (Contact Author)

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Denise Grab

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Policy Integrity ( email )

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Jack Lienke

Institute for Policy Integrity ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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