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RFF on the Issues: US-China emissions agreement; Natural gas potential

US-China Emissions Agreement The United States and China have reached an agreement to jointly reduce emissions, with the United States increasing the stringency of its current targets and China promising to cap emissions by 2030. The deal has been touted as “a real shot of momentum for international climate negotiations,” which will take place in […]

RFF on the Issues: Climate change opinions; Clean Power Plan impacts

Climate Change Opinions Members of Congress have offered a wide range of responses to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report, demonstrating the partisan divide over climate change. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) released a statement that the climate report would “cripple the global economy,” and Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) emphasized that “irreversible […]

RFF on the Issues: Flood insurance pricing; EU emissions deal

Flood Insurance Pricing Last week marked the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on the US East Coast, which resulted in more than $50 billion worth of damage. Flood damage from Sandy was severe.  For New York City, new flood insurance maps are being finalized in 2016.  These new maps might cause “the number of […]

RFF on the Issues: State energy efficiency; Ending the oil export ban

State Energy Efficiency The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released its 2014 scorecard evaluating and ranking state energy efficiency, concluding that states saved a total of 24 million megawatt hours of power in the past year. The scorecard noted that states are “truly at the forefront of energy efficiency policy in the US,” […]

RFF on the Issues: Natural gas emissions; Renewable energy in EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Natural Gas Emissions A new study published online this week in Nature finds that more abundant supplies of lower-cost natural gas in the future would not only displace higher-emitting coal but would also displace lower-emitting renewable and nuclear technologies. It concluded that without additional policies “emissions of heat-trapping gases … would not decline worldwide and […]

RFF on the Issues: Fuel economy improvements; Climate action health benefits

Fuel Economy Improvements EPA has reported that the average fuel economy achieved by new vehicles in the United States reached a record 24.1 miles per gallon in 2013. The agency “credited the gains to President Obama’s climate agenda,” which aims to increase the fuel efficiency of the US vehicle fleet and reduce greenhouse gas emissions […]

RFF on the Issues: Global wildlife declines; US emissions rise

Global Wildlife Declines New research by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London has revealed that the global population of vertebrate species has dropped 52 percent in the past four decades. The Living Planet Report “points to human activities as the primary reason for the decline,” and names habitat destruction, pollution, and […]

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: UN climate summit; Clean Power Plan extension

UN Climate Summit “Catalyzing Action” is the theme for the 2014 UN Climate Summit on September 23. Leaders and policymakers attending the event are expected to discuss how taking action to prevent climate change “can advance the direct interests of nations, businesses and communities,” ideally motivating countries to make long-term commitments to economic sustainability. In […]