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RFF ON THE ISSUES: BLM fracking regulations; Energy efficiency in buildings; European emissions fall

In this edition: Comments on BLM’s new fracking regulations Improving energy efficiency in buildings A policy option for the EU Emissions Trading System BLM Fracking Regulations The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released the “first federal fracking rules” since the US shale boom began. The rules apply to oil and gas producers who drill […]

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

This post originally appeared on Robert Stavins’s blog, An Economic View of the Environment. Recently I was reminded of the controversy that erupted late in 2014 about remarks made by the distinguished health economist, Jonathan Gruber, professor at MIT for two decades. Professor Gruber, one of the country’s leading experts on health policy, had played […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Arctic drilling plans; Flood mitigation efforts

In this edition: An upcoming RFF First Wednesday Seminar on offshore energy leasing in the Arctic RFF climate research featured as part of the US Climate Resilience Toolkit Arctic Drilling Plans                                                 […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Colorado task force recommendations; Fossil fuel investment risks

In this edition: Commentary on proposed changes to Colorado’s hydraulic fracturing practices Recommendations for reducing financial risk through climate investments Colorado Task Force Recommendations The Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force created to “resolve land-use conflicts” between residents and oil and gas companies has submitted nine recommendations to the state’s governor. The group supported changes […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force Final Report [AP] …[Governor] Hickenlooper spoke on the same day that his oil and gas task force submitted nine recommendations for easing tension created by the oil and gas industry in the […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Nuclear fleet costs; Climate geoengineering options

In this edition: Insight into the costs associated with operating nuclear utility fleets Commentary on the importance of studying climate modification techniques Nuclear Fleet Costs A bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers, with the support of power company Exelon and others, recently rolled out legislation that would reward power generators “for producing environmentally friendly electricity.” Exelon […]

The IPCC at a Crossroads

This post originally appeared on Robert Stavins’s blog, An Economic View of the Environment. Love it or hate it, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) plays a very important role in global climate change policy around the world. This is because its reports enjoy a degree of credibility that renders them influential for public […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System: The Changing Roles of Consumers, Utilities and Regulators Within the Regulatory Compact Multiple compounding factors are driving national movement toward a more modern electricity grid, one that enables a […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Satellite climate data; Arctic drilling approval

In this edition: How using satellites can help reduce uncertainty about climate change A look at the president’s arctic drilling plans Satellite Climate Data NASA is contemplating a series of space-based Earth observation and monitoring equipment worth several billion dollars, prompting speculation on the “approximate dollar sign on the information that would come from a state-of-the-art […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. The Transfer of Public Lands Movement: Taking the ‘Public’ Out of Public Lands [AP] Utah’s push to wrest control of 31 million acres of federally controlled land would lead to less public access, less public involvement in land-use […]