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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
McConnell on Marketplace
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
American Public Media
In a commentary aired December 15 on American Public Media’s Marketplace Radio, Senior Fellow Virginia McConnell 
suggests that raising taxes on gasoline would spur automakers to build greener cars – and motivate potential buyers. “Recently passed fuel economy standards are a step in the right direction, but high gas prices are essential. They provide incentives to manufacturers to produce the new generation of vehicles, and for consumers to buy them,” she said. “The recent run-up in oil prices showed us what a powerful force the market can be in influencing purchase decisions and spurring innovation.”
 
Get Tough on Emissions Without Hurting Economy
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Hill
Richard Morgenstern advocates for the Obama administration to announce a detailed plan for carbon pricing in this opinion piece.
Cap-and-Trade in the Current Economic Climate
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
National Public Radio
On NPR’s All Things Considered, RFF Senior Fellow Dallas Burtraw discussed the implications of the current economic difficulties for passage of domestic climate legislation.  He said government could ease some of the pain by rebating revenues.
Sharp on Impact of Oil Price Drop
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wall Street Journal
RFF President Phil Sharp was among several experts in a November 17 Wall Street Journal roundup addressing options for reducing demand for oil in the wake of falling petroleum prices. He suggested using market incentives, coupled with close government oversight, to encourage efficiency gains, establish a price on carbon to restrain greenhouse gas emissions, and seriously consider imposing a "price floor" on oil in the range of $60–$65 per barrel.
A Regulatory Conundrum
Saturday, November 01, 2008
The Environmental Forum
RFF President Phil Sharp will appear in the November-December issue of The Environmental Forum, a publication of the Environmental Law Institute. He was invited to respond to a paper entitled "Landmarks and Land Mines: What the Past Tells Us about Crafting a Workable Climate Regime," by Bradley Campbell, former EPA regional administrator and former commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which questioned if U.S. statutory and administrative infrastructure was up to the task of managing greenhouse gas abatement.
Vajjhala on Carbon Sequestration in National Journal
Saturday, October 25, 2008
National Journal
In an October 25, 2008, article in National Journal entitled "Big Oil Likes Clean Coal," RFF Fellow Shalini Vajjhala discusses the tradeoffs between more oil and gas drilling and carbon sequestration. "In an ideal world, you’d be able to analyze the whole cycle and whether the process of reducing emissions generates emissions. There isn’t a lot of clarity on that."
Can Markets Cure Malaria?
Saturday, October 11, 2008
National Journal
Ramanan Laxminarayan talks about the Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria program and what it might take for effective implementation.
CLIMATE: Moderate Senate Dems Build "Gang of 16" to Influence Cap-and-Trade Bill
Friday, October 03, 2008
Energy & Environment Daily
RFF is identified as a nonpartisan organization that the "Gang of 16" have touched base with regarding climate change issues.
CLIMATE: Economic Crisis Rattles Cap-and-Trade Debate
Monday, September 29, 2008
Greenwire
Dallas Burtraw talks about carbon taxes and climate change legislation.
And the Carbon Goes to ...
Monday, September 29, 2008
Grist Magazine
Dallas Burtraw comments on the RGGI auction.
Costs Weighed on Having Utilities Cut Back on CO2
Monday, September 29, 2008
Arizona Daily Star
Dallas Burtraw comments on energy efficiency in regard to the strict building standards for new homes.
Coal, a Tough Habit to Kick
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
New York Times
Joel Darmstadter talks about the demand for coal: "In the short run, demand for coal is going to increase. Demand for electricity is increasing, and there are really no alternatives."
Surprise: Old-growth forests soak up CO2
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Nigel Purvis comments on the management of temperate and boreal forests in developed countries as a component of the fight against global climate change.
NASA Study Finds Federal Agencies Underuse Earth Science Data Tools
Monday, September 15, 2008
Aviation Week
Molly Macauley commented on her participation in the NASA-sponsored report issued by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, "Uses and Limitations of Observations, Data, Forecasts, and Other Projections in Decision Support for Selected Sectors and Regions."
Investigators Urge Larger Federal Risk-Reduction Role
Monday, September 15, 2008
Engineering News-Record
After reviewing 50 years of decision making on levee and flood wall construction in the New Orleans area before Hurricane Katrina, RFF water resources planning expert Leonard Shabman concludes that policymakers never intended to make risk versus cost tradeoffs: "In every instance as their choices were made, there is never any evidence that they thought, 'I am going to accept increased risk to save money."
Study: Delaying Evolution of Drug Resistance in Malaria Parasite Possible
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Targeted News Service
This article highlights a recent study on artemisinin-based combination therapy in malaria treatment and mentions the contributions of Maciej Boni, David Smith, and Ramanan Laxminarayan.
Face-Off
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Audubon Magazine
Regarding Obama’s and McCain’s plans to address climate change, Raymond Kopp says, "It is hard to draw a distinction between the two."
The Great Energy Confusion
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Washington Post
Phil Sharp comments that high gas prices are serving to pull Democrats and Republicans toward the center.
Candidates Call Climate Change An "Urgent" Priority
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
National Public Radio
Joe Aldy is quoted about the differences regarding Obama's and McCain's climate change policy, "One can quibble with some of the details, but at end of the day, the difference between them will get washed out by negotiations between the next president and the Congress."
Superbugs: The new generation of resistant infections is almost impossible to treat
Monday, August 11, 2008
The New Yorker
This article includes a reference to a study conducted by Dave Smith, and his colleagues regarding the transfer of resistant bacteria from animal to human.
The Real Question: Should Oil Be Cheap?
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Business Week
Ian Parry comments on the favorability of returning energy tax revenue back to people through other means.
Global Fund prepares new to plan to subsidize malaria treatment cost
Thursday, July 31, 2008
TropIKA.net
Ramanan Laxminarayan is identified as participating in the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) AMFm Taskforce and notes that the purpose of the project is to undercut the monotherapies market.
What Obama Electricity Tax?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Washington Post
Joe Aldy comments on the distinction between the Obama and McCain goals for emissions reductions.
Gaps in Aging Levees Leave DC Landmarks Exposed
Friday, July 25, 2008
Associated Press
Leonard Shabman comments on the failure to ensure maintenance and repair of DC levees.
Congress is on Empty for Energy Bills
Friday, July 25, 2008
Marketplace
Phil Sharp speaks about how Congress is responding to the energy crisis and the challenges in doing so.
Texas Governor Fights U.S. Ethanol Rule That Raises Food Costs
Monday, July 21, 2008
Bloomberg
Phil Sharp comments on Texas's request for a waiver of a biofuels requirement rule.
Meet the Press Transcript: July 20 Al Gore, Political Roundtable
Sunday, July 20, 2008
MSNBC.com
During this episode of Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw quoted Phil Sharp on how industry has viewed Al Gore's energy goals as unattainable in the near future.
Cosmic Markdown: EPA Says Life Is Worth Less
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Washington Post
Joe Aldy discusses research involved in determining the value of statistical life
Gore Urges Fast Energy Makeover: Power Grid Could Go Renewable in 10 Years, He Says
Friday, July 18, 2008
Washington Post
Phil Sharp comments on the energy goals recently proposed by Al Gore and notes that many feel the goals are unattainable in the near future.
What would environmentalists do with ANWR?
Friday, July 18, 2008
San Diego Union Tribune
RFF Visiting Fellow Matthew Kotchen suggests that the potential payoff in revenues from Alaskan oil would be attractive—even to opponents of drilling.
House to Oil Companies: Use it or Lose it
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Marketplace
Phil Sharp interprets the message being conveyed by a recent energy bill.
As Climate Issue Heats Up, Questions of Cost Loom
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Billy Pizer comments on the difficulty of devising a plan of action to address climate change, rather than simply setting long-term emissions reduction goals.
Suburbia's Not Dead Yet
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Los Angeles Times
A 2004 RFF study on telecommuting is referenced in this article.
Ohio Members of Congress Propose Bills to Help with Gas Prices
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dallas Burtraw is quoted on the possible repercussions of some gas tax-breaks proposed in Congress.
Costs and Risks are Escalating
Monday, June 30, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Carolyn Kousky writes about the increasing risk of floods that damage property and take lives in the Midwest.
Five Reasons to Love $4 Gas
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ian Parry is quoted on how $4-per-gallon gas prices may cause people to drive more conservatively.
U.S. Candidates React to Higher Energy Costs
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Reuters
Joel Darmstadter comments on the paucity of feasible ideas to control short-term costs of oil.
Campaigns Clash Over Ethanol
Monday, June 23, 2008
Marketplace
Joel Darmstadter comments on ethanol as a short-term solution to meet U.S. energy needs.
A Green Coal Baron
Sunday, June 22, 2008
New York Times
Phil Sharp is quoted several times regarding Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers' work with environmental activists.
Emissions Suspicions
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Economist
This article refers to a recent RFF study regarding how American industry would meet carbon price projections.
White House Eyes Offshore Oil
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Marketplace
Joel Darmstadter offers his views in a segment on the possible repeal of the moratorium on offshore oil drilling to help bring down petroleum prices.
Biofuels: Think Outside the Cornfield
Friday, June 13, 2008
Science
Roger Sedjo writes in a letter to the editor about the inadequacies and risks of corn biofuels and explores possible alternatives such as wood and switchgrass.
Lobbyists Prep for Greenhouse Gas Bill
Friday, June 06, 2008
Marketplace
Raymond Kopp comments on the impact the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act could have on industry.
Where the Sun Does Shine: Will Space Solar Power Ever Be Practical?
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Air & Space Magazine
Molly Macauley is quoted on the ability of space solar power to compete with other renewable energy technologies.
Staggering Toward a Global Strategy on Alcohol Abuse
Friday, May 16, 2008
Science
Ramanan Laxminarayan is quoted on World Health Organization interventions targeted at dangerous drinking in developing countries.
Resisting Arrest
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The Economist
This article notes that Ramanan Laxminarayan supports the idea of utilizing multiple artemisinin combination therapies to prevent resistance to malaria drugs in the developing world and sees a role for governments and donors to subsidize their widespread use.
Saving the Crab - and the Watermen
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The Washington Post
In this Op-Ed, Leonard Shabman and co-authors Doug Lipton and Tom Miller write about new restrictions on the harvest of female blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, and the effects those restrictions have on crabs and harvesters.
When Being Green Can Earn You Green: Intersection of the Environment & Profit (live from the Milken Institute’s Global Conference)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Southern California Public Radio
Joe Aldy talks about addressing climate change without sacrificing economic growth.
Gas Prices Continue Climbing
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
National Public Radio
Billy Pizer discusses the possible effects of higher gas prices on consumers.
Corn Ethanol’s Downsides: High Food Prices, More Pollution
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
McClatchy Newspapers
Roger Sedjo offers his views on the impact of biofuels and their capability to reduce GHG emissions.
CLIMATE: Making the Case for Executive Agreements on International Climate Policy
Monday, April 14, 2008
Environment & Energy TV
Nigel Purvis analyzes the value of executive agreements for climate change policy in this interview on E&E TV's OnPoint.
Smooth the Path to Electric Deregulation
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Financial Post
Timothy Brennan assesses barriers to competition in the electricity market in an op-ed in this Canadian newspaper.
CLIMATE: IPCC Playing ‘Risky Game’ with Emissions Predictions
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
E&E News PM
Joe Aldy critiques the emissions scenarios presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Green Around the Collar
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Congressional Quarterly
Billy Pizer is cited in this review of the relationship between economic stimulation and emissions reductions.
CONGRESS: Behind ‘Safety Valve’ Debate Resides 30+ Years of History
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Climatewire
RFF's 1997 paper on the safety valve is referred to in this article, as well as extensive mention of the work of Joe Aldy, Billy Pizer, Dick Morgenstern and Ray Kopp in relation to the safety valve debate.
Carbon Cap or Tax? Experts Don't Agree on Whether a Carbon Tax or a Cap-and-Trade System is the Best Way to Set a Price on Carbon Emissions
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Environmental Science & Technology
Karen Palmer analyzes the difficulties in implementing a carbon tax.
Climate Policy, Auctions, and Economic Justice: Part Two
Friday, February 29, 2008
The Nation
This article refers to Dallas Burtraw’s recent Congressional testimony regarding the benefits of auctions and revenue recycling in cap-and-trade scheme.
Action on Climate Change Needs to Balance Energy, Environmental Policy
Monday, February 25, 2008
Platts Inside FERC
Phil Sharp is quoted on the overlap between the climate change and energy arenas and on the length of time estimated for Congress to pass a climate change bill.
Neglected Disease Efforts Require Delicate Balance
Monday, February 25, 2008
BioWorld Today
Ramanan Laxminarayan encourages the use of advance market commitments to encourage the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to engage in research and development for drugs to treat neglected diseases.
Subsidize Health Tests
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Los Angeles Times
In this letter to the editor in response to a February 15 article about "superbugs" Ramanan Laxminarayan agrees that requiring hospitals to report MRSA infections is important but they must have an incentive to provide accurate data. He suggests that if subsidies were available for testing patients for MRSA, better infection control could be achieved.
Energy: How We Might Pay for Renewable Resources
Sunday, February 10, 2008
St. Petersburg Times
Shalini Vajjhala is quoted on the difficulty in gaining approval for renewable energy rebates and tax credits while budgets are suffering, as is the state in Florida.
Congress Weighs Free or Fee GHG Emission Allowances
Friday, February 01, 2008
Power Magazine
Dallas Burtraw's testimony before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming is cited in this article.
Shared Oil Goal Brought an Energy Compromise
Monday, January 28, 2008
Washington Post
Phil Sharp is quoted regarding the fact that business leaders, environmentalists, and national security groups were aligned in calling for an energy policy aimed at decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Case for Climate Protection Authority
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Politico
<RFF’s Nigel Purvis makes the case for the Obama Administration to create a Climate Protection Authority and explains the potential benefits for domestic and international climate action.
CLIMATE: Auction Advocates Make Their Case for Cap-and-Trade Bill
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Energy & Environment Daily
Dallas Burtraw is quoted from his testimony before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, regarding the establishment of an auction for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
Cap and Trade Not Enough to Cut Carbon
Friday, January 18, 2008
Reuters
Ray Kopp is identified as the director of the Climate Policy Program at RFF and notes that U.S. climate change policy should be bolstered by more research development and deployment programs for clean technologies.
Science Advisors Reject EPA Use of Controversial Cost-Benefit Method
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Risk Policy Report
Alan Krupnick is quoted regarding his view that the recent Science Advisory Board report to the Environmental Protection Agency will not influence EPA policy until more research is conducted.
Car Dealer Offers Carbon Offsets; First 400 Sales Get $70 Credit
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Washington Times
Carolyn Fischer is quoted on one of the challenges of carbon offset programs: the fact that consumers are offered an array of products but aren't sure exactly what they are buying.
Finding Policies That Work Best to Ease the "Social Cost" of Driving
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
States News Service
Elena Safirova was quoted extensively regarding a discussion paper (co-authored with Winston Harrington and Sebastien Houde) evaluating traffic congestion policies.
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