Heinzerling to Head EPA's Policy & Economics Shop:

Georgetown University law professor Lisa Heinzerling, who had been serving as a climate policy advisor to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, has been named Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation. This is an interesting development. OPEI includes EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics, and Heinzerling has been an outspoken critic of cost-benefit analysis. In her view, cost-benefit analysis "is at odds with fundamental premises of environmentalism." It's also interesting because her views of cost-benefit are at odds with incoming OIRA Administrator Cass Sunstein. Sunstein (whose nomination is stalled for other reasons) has been a cost-benefit proponent.