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RFF ON THE ISSUES: Satellite climate data; Arctic drilling approval

In this edition: How using satellites can help reduce uncertainty about climate change A look at the president’s arctic drilling plans Satellite Climate Data NASA is contemplating a series of space-based Earth observation and monitoring equipment worth several billion dollars, prompting speculation on the “approximate dollar sign on the information that would come from a state-of-the-art […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Geoengineering; Hispanics’ views on climate; Climate mitigation payments

In this edition: An upcoming RFF event on geoengineering New results from the New York Times/RFF/Stanford University poll: Hispanics’ views on climate A discussion on the willingness of individuals to pay for climate mitigation measures Geoengineering Last week, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released two assessments of techniques for managing climate change, including […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: Federal budget and taxes; California carbon permits

In this edition: Analysis on how to revise the tax code to address climate change Examining California’s climate policy Federal Budget and Taxes The White House’s recent $4 trillion annual budget request included a number of proposed changes aimed at addressing climate change through the US tax code. The plan would “strip an estimated $44 […]

RFF ON THE ISSUES: RFF/NYTimes/Stanford climate poll; Beijing smog challenges

Note: Register now for RFF’s First Wednesday Seminar on February 4, Toward a Global Climate Change Agreement: Comparing Countries’ Levels of Effort. In this edition: Results from an RFF/NYTimes/Stanford poll on American attitudes on climate change Commentary on China’s ability to chart a path toward green growth RFF/NYTimes/Stanford Climate Poll On Friday, the New York […]

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 […]