This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. Ozone Air Quality Standards: EPA’s 2015 Revision [Energy Guardian]  The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has quietly given some advice to lawmakers: Don’t believe the most dire warnings about the costs of the Obama administration’s […]

RFF on the Issues: Natural gas emissions; Renewable energy in EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Natural Gas Emissions A new study published online this week in Nature finds that more abundant supplies of lower-cost natural gas in the future would not only displace higher-emitting coal but would also displace lower-emitting renewable and nuclear technologies. It concluded that without additional policies “emissions of heat-trapping gases … would not decline worldwide and […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. Power Plants Are Not Built on Spec: 2014 Update [Fierce Energy]  Just 2.4 percent, at the most, of generation capacity constructed in 2013 was developed solely for sale into organized electricity markets, according to […]

Looking at the Effects of a Carbon Tax across States

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The use of revenue from a carbon tax or cap-and-trade program substantially affects who gains and who loses as a result of the policy; indeed, it is often more important than the effect of the carbon tax itself. In a previous RFF discussion paper, we (together with RFF’s Dallas Burtraw and Richard Morgenstern, and Jared […]

RFF on the Issues: Fuel economy improvements; Climate action health benefits

Fuel Economy Improvements EPA has reported that the average fuel economy achieved by new vehicles in the United States reached a record 24.1 miles per gallon in 2013. The agency “credited the gains to President Obama’s climate agenda,” which aims to increase the fuel efficiency of the US vehicle fleet and reduce greenhouse gas emissions […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. Energy Darwinism II — Energy Storage: Game Changer for Utilities, Tech & Commodities [Reneweconomy.com.au] A major new report from researchers at investment bank Citigroup predicts that the payback for rooftop solar plus battery storage […]

RFF on the Issues: Global wildlife declines; US emissions rise

Global Wildlife Declines New research by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London has revealed that the global population of vertebrate species has dropped 52 percent in the past four decades. The Living Planet Report “points to human activities as the primary reason for the decline,” and names habitat destruction, pollution, and […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. Natural Gas: Federal Approval Process for Liquefied Natural Gas Exports What GAO Found. Since 2010, of 35 applications it has received that require a public interest review, the Department of Energy (DOE) has approved […]

The Role of Renewable Energy in EPA’s Clean Power Plan

This is the fifth in a series of questions that highlights RFF’s Expert Forum on EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Readers are invited to submit their own comments to the questions and/or the responses using the “Leave a Comment” box below. See all of the questions to date here. RFF asks the experts: Does EPA make appropriate assumptions […]

RFF on the Issues: Corporate tax inversions; Confronting climate change

Corporate Tax Inversions The White House recently released new regulations designed to make tax inversions by US companies “significantly less profitable.” The rules will discourage—not stop—companies from moving their headquarters overseas, acting as a temporary means of capturing US corporate tax revenue while Congress works to develop more permanent and extensive measures. RFF Fellow Marc […]