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: 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 […]