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RFF ON THE ISSUES: Energy and climate in the State of the Union

President Obama touched on a number of environmental issues during last week’s State of the Union address, emphasizing that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Read on for analysis by RFF researchers on the policy ideas mentioned throughout the address. On regulating carbon emissions: In RFF’s Expert Forum on […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Regulating methane emissions; China’s pollution problem; Climate impacts on agriculture

In this edition: Alan Krupnick on EPA’s new methane emissions regulations Phil Sharp on combining economic growth and environmental regulation in China RFF seminar on how scientists are preparing for climate change’s agricultural impacts Regulating Methane Emissions A new EPA proposal released last week aims to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent over the next […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Gas tax opportunity; Climate science consensus

Gas Tax Opportunity The current oil market has created an ideal opportunity to raise the gas tax and better support the Highway Trust Fund, according to the editorial board of the Washington Post. In a recent op-ed, it writes that revenue could be used to fill the fund, which will “run dry again in May.” […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Lima climate action; Oil’s foreign policy impacts

Note: RFF on the Issues will be on hiatus until the new year. Lima Climate Action The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima ended with the creation of the “Lima Call for Climate Action,” which was designed to appease poor nations concerned about shouldering disproportionate economic burdens, as well as rich nations who want […]

RFF on the Issues: Water management projects; Debris brings invasive species

Water Management Projects Los Angeles—long known for its high water consumption—has recently become a “leader in sustainable water management” thanks to a host of new conservation, collection, and reuse policies. The city now uses “less water than it did in 1970 while its population has grown by more than a third.” In a new blog […]

RFF on the Issues: Oil price drop and an opportunity; Clean Power Plan comments

Event notice: Register now for “Assessing the Air Quality and Climate Benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan,” a joint webinar on December 16 from RFF and the Electric Power Research Institute. Oil Price Drop and an Opportunity Oil prices have fallen to $65 per barrel, a drop that has been primarily attributed to a decision […]

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,” […]