RFF on the Issues: Carbon tax rebates; China’s shale challenges

Carbon Tax Rebates A recent poll conducted by USA Today found that taxpayer support for a carbon tax rises “if the money is returned to them.” Only 34 percent of respondents initially said they would back a tax on fossil fuel emissions, but this number rose to 56 percent when polled about carbon tax programs […]

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. Footprint of Deepwater Horizon Blowout Impact to Deep-water Coral Communities [Significance] The Deepwater Horizon blowout released more oil and gas into the deep sea than any previous spill. Soon after the well was […]

The Costs and Quality of Home Energy Audits: What Homeowners Say

This is the first post in a new series on our survey of homeowners as part of RFF’s Energy Efficiency Information Initiative. Here we focus on what’s included in an energy audit and how much it costs. In the second post, we’ll reveal if people followed their auditors’ recommendations. In the third post, we’ll focus […]

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. PAGES: Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science [Science Magazine] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today unveiled its answer to a White House mandate to make the research papers it funds free […]

Tax Inversions and Carbon Taxes

Because the US has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, firms can save billions of dollars by attaining a new corporate address in a low-tax country without physically relocating any of their existing business. To do so, American firms simply need to acquire a foreign firm and reincorporate the newly formed company abroad. […]

Resources Magazine: Reflections on the Oil Shock of 40 Years Ago

The 1973-1974 energy crisis produced many lessons, but Joel Darmstadter cautions that the benefits of moving toward US energy independence should not be overdrawn. In recalling those oil producers “whose embargo once brought the industrial world to its knees” (Baltimore Sun), commemorative coverage of the worldwide price shock of 1973–1974 may sometimes veer toward the […]

RFF on the Issues: Clean Power Plan comments; Natural gas price drop

Clean Power Plan Comments The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has wrapped up a series of four hearings inviting oral comments on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan proposal, which is currently open for public comment until October 16. The agency has highlighted multi-state plans, target methodology, and their proposed “best system” to achieve 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. Groundwater Depletion During Drought Threatens Future Water Security of the Colorado River Basin [Green Car Congress] A new satellite study finds more than 75% of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River […]

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. EPA’s Clean Power Plan: States’ Tools for Reducing Costs & Increasing Benefits to Consumers [Press Release] States are well positioned to implement the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently proposed Clean Power Plan, according […]

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. EPA’s Clean Power Plan: States’ Tools for Reducing Costs & Increasing Benefits to Consumers [Press Release] States are well positioned to implement the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently proposed Clean Power Plan, […]