I recently testified before a California Senate Select Committee on the state’s climate policies about California’s interactions in the development of policy across the country and internationally. I highlighted the four main points below in my remarks, and you can read the full testimony here. California is not alone. It is joined by many other [...]
Carbon pricing remains the strongest option for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. But such a policy still faces serious political hurdles in part because of the perception that a carbon tax would most negatively impact the poor. Clayton Munnings and I address the potential of a carbon tax to actually be progressive [...]
Incrementally aligning policies in distinct carbon markets—linking by degrees—can allow programs to experience immediate benefits of sharing best practices in program design. Together with colleagues at RFF and Yale, we’ve examined the details and prospects for the cap-and-trade programs in California and the Northeast. Read more here.
Building on recent work that highlights the need to account for institutions in crafting economic solutions to environmental problems, Matt Woerman and I look specifically to the implementation of climate policy—and how incentive-based thinking can help. Read more here.
Buried in the middle of climate’s extended shout-out during the State of the Union, President Obama pledged to direct his Cabinet to “to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable [...]
The 18th round of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations concluded last month in Doha. Expectations were low, but reviews have still been mixed. But for those who aren’t insiders, understanding the talks – much less identifying success or failure – is very hard because of the complexity that’s accumulated over the [...]
You are probably used to hearing about how dysfunctional the COPs are, how much unnecessary brinksmanship they display, and how despite a couple weeks of long nights and frayed nerves, the delegates seem to come together and salvage some kind of agreement that may or may not be disappointing, but at least has some potential [...]
Twenty years ago, in a chapter of an RFF book (Global Development and the Environment: Perspectives on Sustainability, 1992 – now available for the low price of $1.75!), I tried to sort out some of the global energy issues then confronting the approaching 1992 Rio United Nations Conference on Development and Environment (UNCED). With leaders [...]
China and Great Britain made headlines in recent weeks with their large-scale plans to develop and implement clean energy technologies. With international climate negotiations looming, policymakers around the world are drafting plans, searching for new ways to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses through green energy technology. The main policy tools for developing climate-friendly technologies should [...]
At the G8 forum last week in Italy, world leaders agreed (in this non-binding declaration) they will work to keep the Earth from warming by more than 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrialized levels in the next 40 years. Some reports indicate this agreement fell short of ambitions to get major developing economies—namely China and India—to [...]