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US Shale Gas Development in Review
The United States has seen rapid recent development of shale gas. What are the factors behind the notable growth in the past decade? And what does it mean for shale gas development elsewhere in the world? RFF scholars Alan Krupnick and Zhongmin Wang examine the history of the US shale gas boom in a new RFF discussion paper.
Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Analysis Deconstructed: Changing Assumptions, Changing Results
EPA regulations on mercury and other air pollutants currently under review are the subject of much debate for their potential costs and impacts on the electricity industry. In a new discussion paper, a team of RFF experts examines the assumptions behind several studies that have analyzed the potential effects of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, finding that the impacts may be less rigid and less uncertain than suggested by some models.
Thinking Like an Economist Within the Complex Climate Policy Regime
Building on recent work that highlights the need to account for institutions in crafting economic solutions to environmental problems, RFF scholars Matt Woerman and Dallas Burtraw look specifically to the implementation of climate policy—and how incentive-based thinking can help.
Clean Air Regulations and the Electricity Sector
Resources magazine: RFF experts weigh the potential effects of historic air pollution regulations compared to those of cheap natural gas and falling demand on electricity prices and the generation mix.
Voluntary Brownfields Certification Programs and Property Values
Many studies of brownfields highlight the benefits of cleanup to the site itself. RFF Fellow Joshua Linn looks at the effects of voluntary certification programs on neighboring property values.
RFF Releases Review of Shale Gas Regulations by State
A team of RFF experts examined regulations and surveyed regulators in 31 states with current or near-future shale gas development. More than 20 types of regulation are presented in a series of maps, showing regulatory patterns nationwide.
Cap and Trade in California: Auction Revenues and Options for the Electricity Sector
In two new RFF discussion papers, Dallas Burtraw, David McLaughlin, and Sarah Jo Szambelan take a look at California’s pending cap-and-trade program, examining the implications of appropriating auction revenues, for the electricity sector and the state generally.
Secular Trends, Environmental Regulations, and Electricity Markets
RFF experts examine downward trends in natural gas prices and electricity consumption (known as secular trends), finding that these changes have a substantially bigger impact on electricity prices and the contribution of coal to electricity supply than do recent EPA regulations.
Parsing the Flexibility of EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rules
Clean Air Act experts recently gathered at RFF to discuss the way forward for EPA in regulating greenhouse gases. Key insights are now available online.
Shale Gas and Groundwater Contamination: Thoughts on a Recent Study
A recent article by Duke University researchers on methane contamination in drinking water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York has brought further attention to the risks to groundwater in areas exploited for shale gas.
America’s Nuclear Future: Q&A with RFF President Phil Sharp
RFF President Phil Sharp discusses how recent events in Japan might affect the development of nuclear energy in the United States.
Improving Regulatory Policy at Independent Regulatory Agencies
Presentations and selected papers are now available from the recent RFF conference "Can Greater Use of Economic Analysis Improve Regulatory Policy at Independent Regulatory Agencies?"
Raising the Game to Reduce the Risks
One year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, RFF’s Mark Cohen explains that much still needs to be done to ensure a safer future in deepwater drilling.
Embracing Green-Growth Diplomacy
With the world gearing up for another round of international climate negotiations, RFF Visiting Scholar Nigel Purvis says it is time to jumpstart the transition to low emissions development by reinventing global climate diplomacy.
The Effects of Transport Regulations on the Oil Market: Does Market Power Matter?
Market power can influence the outcome of transport regulations, according to the authors of a new RFF discussion paper.
Who Bears the Long-Term Costs of Stricter Anti-Spill Policy?
It's not who you think, according to RFF Senior Fellow Timothy Brennan. In a new policy brief, he explains that the long-term costs of ratcheting up liability for oil spills like the recent tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico will be borne not primarily by companies involved in oil exploration.
Cutting Plastic Pollution with a Levy on Bags
In a new paper from the Environment for Development initiative, authors Johane Dikgang and Martine Visser look at plastic bag regulation in Botswana – and whether or not it is working.
What Would Tighter Regulation on Deepwater Drilling Mean for Gas Prices?
Tightening U.S. safety standards would raise the price of a gallon of gas by less than a penny, while a total ban on deep sea drilling could raise prices by around 7 cents, according to a new RFF analysis by Stephen Brown.
Using Labels to Sow the Seeds for Better Products
For markets such as fruits and vegetables, country labeling and minimum standards could boost profits and quality.
Can the Clean Air Act Handle Offsets?
The Environmental Protection Agency is gearing up to regulate greenhouse gases, but a new analysis finds that emissions offsets may not find a good fit for current clean air rules.
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