Past Conference

Assessing US Climate Policy Options Briefing

Nov 28, 2007

About the Event

An RFF Policy Briefing

Resources for the Future Senior Fellows Raymond J. Kopp and William A. Pizer organized the U.S. Climate Policy Forum in May 2006 to analyze and make findings regarding policies to address global climate change. The Forum brought together researchers and business leaders from 23 companies that represent a broad spectrum of the U.S. economy, including automobiles and heavy equipment; electricity generation; oil, gas, and coal; transport; agriculture; and chemicals, as well as large energy consumers and financial services firms. The Forum's objective is to provide legislators with well-vetted, detailed policy options; important criteria for policy assessment; and well-articulated concerns (specifying the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches), from which effective federal policRy might be crafted.

The report, Assessing U.S. Climate Policy Options, represents the culmination of the Forum process.

Written by independent RFF scholars and informed by a year-long dialogue with Forum participants who provided feedback and recommended areas of focus, the report encompasses 15 issue briefs, detailing policy questions and concerns in key areas related to greenhouse gas emissions and legislative proposals to curb them. It is designed, first and foremost, to present information objectively and to focus on those aspects of federal policy design that are most important.


  • Raymond J. Kopp, Vice President for Energy and Climate; and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Richard D. Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Richard G. Newell, President and CEO, Resources for the Future
  • William A. Pizer, University Fellow, Susan B. King Professor and Associate Dean for Programs, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University