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RFF ON THE ISSUES: Energy and climate in the State of the Union

President Obama touched on a number of environmental issues during last week’s State of the Union address, emphasizing that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Read on for analysis by RFF researchers on the policy ideas mentioned throughout the address. On regulating carbon emissions: In RFF’s Expert Forum on […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. Massachusetts Low Gas Demand Analysis: Final Report [Fierce Energy] Prioritizing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and imports of Canadian hydroelectricity would reduce Massachusetts’s exposure to wintertime price spikes that result from the state’s growing dependence on natural gas for […]

New Issue of Resources Magazine

The recent agreement between the United States and China to lower their greenhouse gas emissions signifies an understanding that climate change is a global challenge. The latest issue of Resources magazine explores climate change and other environmental and resource issues facing the world. Highlights include a look at EPA administrator Gina McCarthy’s remarks at RFF, […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Regulating methane emissions; China’s pollution problem; Climate impacts on agriculture

In this edition: Alan Krupnick on EPA’s new methane emissions regulations Phil Sharp on combining economic growth and environmental regulation in China RFF seminar on how scientists are preparing for climate change’s agricultural impacts Regulating Methane Emissions A new EPA proposal released last week aims to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent over the next […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Gas tax opportunity; Climate science consensus

Gas Tax Opportunity The current oil market has created an ideal opportunity to raise the gas tax and better support the Highway Trust Fund, according to the editorial board of the Washington Post. In a recent op-ed, it writes that revenue could be used to fill the fund, which will “run dry again in May.” […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Lima climate action; Oil’s foreign policy impacts

Note: RFF on the Issues will be on hiatus until the new year. Lima Climate Action The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima ended with the creation of the “Lima Call for Climate Action,” which was designed to appease poor nations concerned about shouldering disproportionate economic burdens, as well as rich nations who want […]

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. Disclosing the Facts 2014 : Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations [Bloomberg]  While a handful of shale drillers including BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) are providing better information to investors on the risks […]

RFF on the Issues: Water management projects; Debris brings invasive species

Water Management Projects Los Angeles—long known for its high water consumption—has recently become a “leader in sustainable water management” thanks to a host of new conservation, collection, and reuse policies. The city now uses “less water than it did in 1970 while its population has grown by more than a third.” In a new blog […]

Assessing the Outcome of the Lima Climate Talks

This post originally appeared on Robert Stavins’s blog, An Economic View of the Environment. In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 14th, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded in Lima, Peru with an agreement among 195 countries, the “Lima Call for Climate […]

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. Economic and Emissions Impacts of a Clean Air Tax or Fee in Oregon [From a Climate Wire article by Nathanael Massey, sub. req’d] A carbon tax in Oregon would have minimal effects on jobs […]