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NewApproachesonEnergyandtheEnvironment
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 1 Taking the Lead on Climate Change - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 23 Bureau of Environmental Statistics - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 24 Treading Carefully With Environmental Information - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 22 Combatting Ignorance About US Water Quality - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 7 Making Electricity Markets Competitive - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 3 Carbon Tax to Reduce the Deficit - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 8 Cleaning Up Power Plant Emissions - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 25 Better Evaluation of Life Saving Environmental Regulations - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 4 Slaking Our Thirst for Oil - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 5 Stimulating Renewable Energy - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 6 Rewarding Automakers for Fuel Economy - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 4 Pay As You Drive Car Insurance - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 10 State Innovation for Environmental Improvements- New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
11 Pay as You Slow: Road Pricing to Reduce Traffic Congestion
Chapter 21 Zoning the Oceans - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
18 Streamlining Forest Service Planning
13 A New Approach to Air Quality Management
Chapter 16 Modernizing the Food Safety System - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 15 A Broader View of Brownfield Revitalization - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 2 Stimulating Technology to Slow Climate Change - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 12 Focus on Particulates More Than Smog- New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 13 New Approach to Air Quality Management - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 14 Redirecting Superfund Dollars - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 17 Performance Standards for Food Safety - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 19 Smarter Budgeting for Space Missions - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 20 Taking the Lead on Climate Change - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
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Treading Carefully
With Environmental Information
Thomas C. Beierle

Chapter 24 in New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Adivce for the President



Congress introduced information disclosure nearly two decades ago as a strategy for improving industrial environmental performance.

Mr. President, I recommend that your administration reinvigorate environmental information disclosure as a policy tool.

 

The effort could involve enhancing existing programs or creating an entirely new program. Your administration should evaluate whether a new disclosure program would help you achieve your top environmental goals.

A new program might include, for example, a single point of entry for information on drinking-water contaminants or an integrated database on polluted coastal waters.

Link to Chapter 24, Treading Carefully with Environmental Information
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The process by which a new or enhanced disclosure program is developed is as important as its substance. Policy development should include an open and transparent process for cataloging and rigorously evaluating the claims of proponents and critics of disclosure.

Particularly important is that your administration seriously address the regulated communities' concerns about cost, privacy, and security through thoughtful program design.




Thomas C. Beierle, a former RFF fellow, has looked closely at stakeholder involvement in environmental decisionmaking and has extensively studied the impact of public participation in environmental policy formulation. He currently is an associate with Ross and Associates Environmental Consulting in Seattle.



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