RFF on the Issues: Corporate tax inversions; Confronting climate change

Corporate Tax Inversions The White House recently released new regulations designed to make tax inversions by US companies “significantly less profitable.” The rules will discourage—not stop—companies from moving their headquarters overseas, acting as a temporary means of capturing US corporate tax revenue while Congress works to develop more permanent and extensive measures. RFF Fellow Marc […]

RFF on the Issues: Economics and the environment; EPA Clean Power Plan comment period extended

Economics and the Environment Today marks the beginning of Climate Week NYC 2014, which will feature more than 100 events around New York City in support of the UN Climate Summit. Summit representatives are expected to discuss the economic benefits of carbon pricing and national climate commitments, as well as the ability of cities to […]

RFF on the Issues: High-speed rail development; Arctic drilling standards

High-Speed Rail Development A recent New York Times op-ed called for increased federal investment in US high-speed rail (HSR) service for its potential to reduce both congestion and pollution. Yet, aside from some disbursements from the administration’s 2009 stimulus package, Congress has so far failed to support any HSR initiatives, several of which are in […]

RFF on the Issues: Carbon tax rebates; China’s shale challenges

Carbon Tax Rebates A recent poll conducted by USA Today found that taxpayer support for a carbon tax rises “if the money is returned to them.” Only 34 percent of respondents initially said they would back a tax on fossil fuel emissions, but this number rose to 56 percent when polled about carbon tax programs […]

RFF on the Issues: Clean Power Plan comments; Natural gas price drop

Clean Power Plan Comments The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has wrapped up a series of four hearings inviting oral comments on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan proposal, which is currently open for public comment until October 16. The agency has highlighted multi-state plans, target methodology, and their proposed “best system” to achieve emissions […]

RFF on the Issues: Water recycling in California; Climate change risks

Water Recycling in California A wastewater treatment plant in Northern California is offering free recycled sewer water to homeowners impacted by the region’s worsening drought conditions. Although recycled water was previously provided for industrial purposes, this is the first time that the plant is providing it directly to residents. More than 10,000 gallons were distributed […]

RFF on the Issues: Extreme flooding; Shale gas liability; Climate crash

Extreme Flooding Cities across the Midwest are preparing for even more floods, following torrential rains and tornados that have already caused significant damage. Some in the area have noted that such flooding has “become more the rule than the exception,” with rainfall increasing in both quantity and intensity. With increased flooding comes increased claims to […]

RFF on the Issues: Natural Gas in EPA’s Plan; Insuring Against Climate Change

Natural Gas in EPA’s Plan Analysis that accompanied EPA’s Clean Power Plan predicts that “natural gas [will] edge out coal to become the most common fuel for power plants by 2030.” The EPA says that this could have significant environmental benefits because “natural gas emits about 40 percent less carbon than coal for the same […]

RFF on the Issues: EPA’s Clean Power Plan

RFF researchers on the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants Today, the Obama administration proposed a new rule to reduce emissions from existing power plants, using EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy commented: “The glue that holds this plan together, and the key to making it work, is […]