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Dale Bryk, Director, Air & Energy Program, New York

Dale Bryk
Having invested a good five years helping to negotiate the northeast states’ program to cap global warming pollution from power plants – the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, affectionately known as RGGI, I’ve been spending the last two trying to bring the lessons learned from that enterprise to our friends in Washington. I’m a lawyer by training but a policy wonk at heart. You can imagine my popularity at dinner parties regaling friends with stories of perverse utility regulatory incentives and the evils of grandfathering pollution permits. Another martini please! When not cooking for friends, you can find me in the garden trying to find space for all my tomato seedlings while preventing my two-year old from plucking the peony buds. You think Congress is a challenge?

Recent Posts

East Coast States Have Limited Power Plant Pollution for Years--and it Works

Posted June 9, 2014 by Dale Bryk

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Since EPA announced new carbon pollution limits for existing power plants earlier this week, the polluting industry’s lobbyists and their political allies have trotted out their usual apocalyptic cries of economic doom. Every time we take steps to improve health...continued

NJ Court: Christie Broke the Law When He Dropped Power Plant Rules

Posted March 25, 2014 by Dale Bryk

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Good news for New Jersey’s air quality, resiliency to climate change, and local economy today – a court told Governor Christie that he doesn’t get to play by his own rules. The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court...continued

The State of Energy Efficiency is Strong and Congress Needs to Keep it That Way

Posted January 29, 2014 by Dale Bryk

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Along with reaffirming his commitment to double-down on America’s energy efficiency to help counter the worst effects of climate change, President Obama used last night’s State of the Union address to challenge Congress to act to ensure our national policies...continued

As Court Reviews NJ's Repeal of Power Plant Rules, State Should Rejoin Regional Climate Change Program

Posted January 6, 2014 by Dale Bryk

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This week, NRDC and our allies at Environment New Jersey will argue before a New Jersey appeals court that the Christie administration illegally rescinded rules that cut pollution from power plants as part of a multi-state effort called the Regional...continued

NY Court Throws Out Fossil Fuel Group's Lawsuit Over Program that Cuts Power Plant Pollution

Posted December 6, 2013 by Dale Bryk

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In a big win for New York’s economy—and for our nation’s battle against climate change—the Appellate Division of New York’s Supreme Court yesterday threw out a lawsuit brought by fossil fuel industry interests. The suit was designed to kneecap a...continued

Response to an Open Letter on the Future of Nuclear Power

Posted November 5, 2013 by Dale Bryk


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Response to an Open Letter on the Future of Nuclear Power By Dale Bryk, Sheryl Carter, Ralph Cavanagh, David Goldstein and Kit Kennedy NRDC Energy Program Four distinguished atmospheric scientists, including Dr. James Hansen, have written an open letter encouraging...continued

A Year After Sandy, New Jersey Deserves a Plan to Address Climate Change--RGGI

Posted October 16, 2013 by Dale Bryk

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The hurricanes, droughts, wildfires and floods we once thought of simply as “natural” disasters are now increasingly man-made. That’s what I’ve been thinking as the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches. Climate change has accomplished that. And power plants are...continued

Energy Efficiency Can Help Deliver President Obama's Climate Plan

Posted July 25, 2013 by Dale Bryk

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As America considers how to ramp up energy efficiency as part of President Obama’s promising new climate action plan, there’s much we can learn – and build on – from a wide variety of encouraging energy-saving programs already under way...continued

President Obama's Plan: Supporting the Economy AND the Environment

Posted June 25, 2013 by Dale Bryk

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President Obama’s climate action plan doubles down on our investment in a clean energy future, providing an enormous boost to local economies and putting the United States on track to win the global clean technology race. Our growing clean energy...continued

President Calls for Doubling Energy Efficiency & Renewable Resources

Posted February 14, 2013 by Dale Bryk

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President Obama in his State of the Union address reiterated the moral imperative to turn the tide on dangerous climate change. To do it, he presented a challenge to the nation to double energy efficiency and the use of renewable...continued

East Coast States Strengthen Power Plant Pollution-Cutting Program, Set Model for Nation

Posted February 7, 2013 by Dale Bryk

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Several East Coast states set a bold model for the nation to follow today by strengthening a program that is already successfully reducing the number one contribution to climate change in the U.S.—pollution from our fossil fuel power plants—while also creating jobs,...continued

Cuomo sets national model for power plant pollution reduction by committing to strengthen RGGI

Posted January 10, 2013 by Dale Bryk

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Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a bold step, a nation-leading step, in his State of the State address by committing not only to better prepare our state for climate impacts, but to address the source of the problem...continued

A Jobs Plan, Too: NRDC's Groundbreaking Power Plant Proposal Can Create Tens of Thousands of New Jobs

Posted December 6, 2012 by Dale Bryk

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On Tuesday, NRDC released its groundbreaking proposal to cut power-plant pollution in the US by 26 percent by 2020 and 34 percent by 2025. The plan got a lot of attention, and rightly so: It will generate benefits of $6-15 for each dollar invested. It will...continued

Christie Vetoes Cleaner Air, Jobs & Economic Boost for NJ - for Second Time

Posted July 25, 2012 by Dale Bryk

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Today, for the second time in less than a year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has overruled the desires of state voters and their elected representatives by vetoing legislation that would continue New Jersey’s clean-energy leadership, by ensuring the state’s...continued

NRDC, Environment NJ Sue Christie Administration for Illegally Abandoning RGGI

Posted June 6, 2012 by Dale Bryk

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 Today, NRDC and Environment New Jersey filed suit against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Department of Environmental Protection for illegally withdrawing the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a 10-state program designed to reduce harmful air pollution and shift...continued


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