Before federal environmental regulations are issued, they are subject to extensive analysis to estimate the costs, benefits, and other outcomes. However, remarkably little is known about the actual performance of such regulations after the final rules are announced. For instance:
- Do they achieve substantial gains?
- If so, how do the realized gains compare with the anticipated gains?
- Are the realized costs in line with the expected costs?
Experts at this forum will present the results of RFF’s Regulatory Performance Initiative, a multi-year effort to analyze the actual impacts of a series of regulations issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy, Department of the Interior (DOI), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The results contain valuable lessons for the development of future regulations, especially related to the following:
- use of market-based instruments;
- analysis of new, unproven technologies;
- possible use of “stress tests” for certain types of regulations;
- coordination of federal and state activities; and
- approaches to carrying out future retrospective regulatory analyses.
Note: This event will not be webcast contrary to the notice at the top of the page.
Upcoming Policy Leadership Forum
RFF Policy Leadership Forum: A Conversation with Bob Nordhaus
Bob Nordhaus, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP
Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m.
Bob Nordhaus is one of the most respected figures in US energy policy circles. He played a central role in drafting two of the pillars of current US climate efforts: Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the legal underpinning of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
Join RFF for a conversation between Mr. Nordhaus and RFF President Phil Sharp, also a key figure in the creation of these two legislative cornerstones, as they discuss the evolution of US climate policy and its future prospects.
An RFF First Wednesday Seminar in collaboration with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
A light lunch will be provided starting at 12:30 p.m.
President Obama’s recent trip to Alaska and the State Department’s GLACIER conference put a spotlight on climate change issues in the Arctic. With sea ice melting, shipping in the region—particularly in the Northern Sea Route that travels through the Bering Strait—is expected to increase, bringing new challenges associated with noise and sonar, pollution, the introduction of invasive species, ship strikes, and coordination with local groups.
This RFF First Wednesday Seminar will focus on understanding the science behind increased shipping and the related impacts on marine life, ecosystems, and the communities that depend
- What do we know about the impacts of shipping on the marine environment?
- How might these impacts be different in the changing Arctic environment?
- How can these impacts be best mitigated?
An expert panel will also discuss ongoing efforts by the Obama administration to plan for increased shipping in the Arctic, including the Port Access Route Study and proposed two-way routing plan, nautical charting updates by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coast Guard, and expansion of the port at Nome.
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