This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the Unites States 2015 Key findings of the report include: Air pollution emissions from power plants are highly concentrated among a small number of producers.  Among the […]

A Key Moment is Coming for the IPCC’s Future

This post originally appeared on Robert Stavins’s blog, An Economic View of the Environment. About six month ago, I posted an essay at this blog (The IPCC at a Crossroads, February 26, 2015) highlighting some of the challenges faced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which plays an important role in global climate […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. Taxing Carbon: What, Why and How [From a Climate Wire article by Emily Holden, sub. req’d] A nationwide carbon tax — though difficult to implement for practical and political reasons — could significantly reduce greenhouse emissions while funding […]

Alternative Policies for Financing the Highway Trust Fund

In this series of blog posts, RFF researchers take a look at the current state of the nation’s transportation infrastructure and evaluate various policies for financing the Highway Trust Fund. See the first, second, and third posts in the series. From our previous three blogs we saw that expenditures on roads and bridges from the […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. America’s Unconventional Energy Opportunity: A Win-Win Plan for the Economy, the Environment, and a Lower-Carbon, Cleaner-Energy Future [Oil and Gas Journal] Unconventional oil and gas presents perhaps the single largest opportunity to improve the trajectory of the US economy, according […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Highway Trust Fund standoff; Papal call for climate action

NOTE: RFF on the Issues will be published intermittently for the remainder of the summer. In this edition: Insight into the funding needs of US highway infrastructure projects Commentary on addressing countries’ welfare disparities during climate negotiations Highway Trust Fund Standoff Congress has yet to reach an agreement on how to finance the Highway Trust […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Comparing climate pledges; Call for a carbon tax

In this edition: Commentary on comparing countries’ targets at the upcoming Paris climate talks A collection of RFF research on the impacts of a potential US carbon tax Comparing Climate Pledges                                               Group […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. Evaluating Taboo Trade-offs in Ecosystems Services and Human Well-being Managing ecosystems for multiple ecosystem services and balancing the well-being of diverse stakeholders involves different kinds of trade-offs. Often trade-offs involve noneconomic and difficult-to-evaluate values, such as cultural identity, […]

Resources Magazine: Complying with EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Options for States

This post is an excerpt of our recent article in Resources magazine. Power plants are responsible for more than one-third of greenhouse gas emissions and a slightly higher share of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States. On June 2, 2014, in a landmark step toward a national climate policy, the US Environmental Protection […]

Resources Magazine: A View of the Environmental Policy Landscape from Outside the Beltway: An Interview with Paul Portney

In 2005, former RFF president and senior fellow Paul Portney ended his 33-year stint at RFF and headed west to become the dean of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. In a recent interview I conducted for Resources magazine, he discussed how this move changed his perspective on environmental policymaking and […]