New Issue of Resources Magazine

A dramatic rise in world oil prices and skyrocketing domestic gas prices resulting from the 1973–1974 oil crisis prompted a recognized need for a national energy policy in the United States. One challenge is that the policies we put in place today will likely outlive the context in which they were created—and for quite a […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Regulations for new power plants; European shale gas

Note: There is still time to register for the April 17th seminar, “From the Gulf to the Arctic: What Have We Learned since the Deepwater Horizon Spill?” Join RFF for two distinguished panels featuring experts from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau […]

This Week in the RFF Library

Each week, we review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted at the “indispensable” RFF Library Blog, curated by RFF Librarian Chris Clotworthy. Does Size Matter? ["Chaos" article arguing for downsizing of the power grid to reduce blackouts] In a study published online Tuesday by the journal Chaos, two physicists and an engineer say the […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: State implementation of the Clean Air Act; The natural gas revolution

State Implementation of the Clean Air Act The draft of a rule by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would create strict new limits on power plant emissions has reached the White House. While critics have expressed concern about the rule’s effect on the coal industry, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says that it offers flexibility […]

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. Planning For Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving Health Based Regulation, and the Role of Local Governments A review by a University of Texas at Austin researcher highlights the […]

Resources Magazine: Negotiating a Post-2020 Climate Agreement in a Mosaic World

As we approach the end game serious negotiations for a post-2020 international climate regime, Brian Flannery describes the difficult road ahead. Architects of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol believed it would usher in a long-term, top-down process for mitigating climate change, with a growing set of nations taking on increasingly ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets and carbon markets playing […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Exporting LNG; Local Impacts of Shale Gas; Returning Carbon Tax Revenue

Exporting LNG Recently, several congressional committees have held hearings to review the benefits and implications of expediting exports of liquid natural gas (LNG). While industry has supported such proposals, environmental groups remain concerned about how increased gas use will contribute to more greenhouse gas emissions (especially methane).“Greenhouse gas emissions need to come down. But fighting […]

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. Oil and Gas Wells and their Integrity: Implications for Shale and Unconventional Resource Exploitation A small percentage of the shale gas sites drilled in the event of a UK fracking boom would probably […]

RFF on the Issues: Climate Change Information; Effects of Fuel Efficiency Standards

Climate Change Information The White House announced that it is collaborating with Google to gather and publish data on climate change, with the goal of helping communities prepare for changes in temperatures and water levels “as easily as they use Google maps to get driving directions.” The joint effort will also feature a high-resolution mapping […]

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. Co-producing Wells as a Major Source of Methane Emissions: a Review of Recent Analysis U.S. EPA’s estimate of this number is at least 100 times lower than what it should be, according to […]