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This Is the Time for a Long-Term Solution to Highway Funding

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. Facing a May 31st deadline to extend surface transportation funding, Congress is opting for a two month extension, the 33rd short-term measures to shore up […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Fracking contamination concerns; Clean Power Plan legality

In this edition: A survey of homeowner opinions on shale gas development risks Commentary on legal challenges to EPA’s Clean Power Plan  Fracking Contamination Concerns                                        A new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of […]

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 Total Cost of Saving Electricity Through Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs: Estimates at the National, State, Sector and Program Level [From Press Release] What does it cost to save electricity? Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley […]

Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap

This post originally appeared on Robert Stavins’s blog, An Economic View of the Environment. Global energy consumption is on a path to grow 30-50 percent over the next 25 years, bringing with it, in many countries, increased local air pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and oil consumption, as well as higher energy prices.  Energy-efficient technologies […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: New Report on health benefits of the Clean Power Plan; Oil export ban assessed

In this edition: A new report examining the air quality and health benefits expected under the Clean Power Plan Analysis on the impacts of removing the US crude oil export ban New Report on Health Benefits of the Clean Power Plan             The American Lung Association has released its State […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. Untapped Potential: Reducing Global Methane Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Systems Based on the best currently available data, around 3.6 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas escaped into the  atmosphere in 2012 from global oil and […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Employment effects of regulation; Energy efficiency bill passed; Conservation act renewal hearing

In this edition: RFF First Wednesday Seminar on the employment impacts of environmental regulation A study on the early effects of energy benchmarking and disclosure laws Commentary on the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act Employment Effects of Regulation New research by Industrial Economics, Inc. suggests that EPA’s Clean Power Plan “would […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: State park funding options; Emissions regulations challenged

In this edition: An analysis of the funding methods used to support public parks Expert commentary on the effects of EPA’s emissions regulations on coal plants State Park Funding Options                                                Connecticut Governor […]

This Week in the RFF Library Blog

Each week, I review the papers, studies, reports, and briefings posted over at the RFF Library Blog. Draft House Legislation Allowing States to Opt-out of the Clean Power Plan [AIMO.com] On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) put forward a budgetary amendment to allow states to opt out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: China’s renewable goals; Disclosing energy use in buildings

In this edition: RFF hosts the US release of a report on China’s renewable energy strategies New research on utility bill savings from municipal energy disclosure laws Note: Registration is still open for Looking Ahead toward Paris: International Perspectives on National Commitments, a policy dialogue hosted by RFF, the Embassy of Sweden, and Mistra Indigo, […]