RFF ON THE ISSUES: Highway Trust Fund standoff; Papal call for climate action

NOTE: RFF on the Issues will be published intermittently for the remainder of the summer. In this edition: Insight into the funding needs of US highway infrastructure projects Commentary on addressing countries’ welfare disparities during climate negotiations Highway Trust Fund Standoff Congress has yet to reach an agreement on how to finance the Highway Trust […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Comparing climate pledges; Call for a carbon tax

In this edition: Commentary on comparing countries’ targets at the upcoming Paris climate talks A collection of RFF research on the impacts of a potential US carbon tax Comparing Climate Pledges                                               Group […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: EPA’s report on fracking and drinking water; Wood emissions

In this edition: Issues with EPA’s new report on fracking and drinking water Commentary on the environmental impacts of wood bioenergy EPA’s Report on Fracking and Drinking Water Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft study finding “that hydraulic fracturing has no major impact on drinking water.” RFF’s Alan Krupnick and […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: North American energy and climate policy; Park funding legislation stalls

In this edition: Insight into opportunities for North American energy and climate partnerships A roundup of RFF research on assessing and funding US parks North American Energy and Climate Policy                 Energy ministers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico have established a working group designed to “enhance […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Flood insurance rates increase; US and international climate commitments

In this edition: An option for making flood insurance affordable An upcoming event on international climate commitments, in advance of Paris Flood Insurance Rates Increase On April 1, rates under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) increased in an effort to “align the cost of insurance with the actual flood risk.” Although many homeowners saw […]