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New satellite data: Twice as many Americans live in counties not meeting fine particulate air quality standards as previously thought.

Sep 12, 2018 | Daniel M. Sullivan, Alan J. Krupnick
Resources for the Future (RFF) researchers have used new satellite data to show that 24.4 million more Americans than previously thought live in counties that do not meet the annual health standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) set under the Clean Air Act.
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Air Pollution and Trump’s CAFE Proposal

Sep 11, 2018 | Justine Huetteman, Alan J. Krupnick, Joshua Linn, Virginia McConnell
The changes in conventional air pollutant and CO2 emissions are explained, giving insights into the modeling underlying the overall Trump CAFE proposal.
Air Quality
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Why and How Do New Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards Affect Consumer Vehicle Purchases?

Sep 4, 2018 | Xiaoya Dou, Joshua Linn
Tightening vehicle fuel economy standards over the past decade has reduced new vehicle sales and modestly increased the standards’ short-term costs.
Blog Post

Ancillary Benefits Redux: We Can’t Afford the Affordable Clean Energy Rule

Aug 31, 2018 | Alan J. Krupnick
Without regulating fine particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides, the planned actions under ACE only focus on reducing the costs of carbon dioxide regulations without considering health impacts on the American people.
Air Quality
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Changing the Game for Coal: How Federal Energy Policies Could Impact Coal Plant Retirement

Aug 30, 2018 | Kathryne Cleary, Karen L. Palmer
Retirement of coal plants could vary depending on the interaction between the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule and recent Trump administration interventions in electricity markets.
Air Quality
Report

How Do US Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards Affect Purchases of New and Used Vehicles?

Sep 4, 2018 | Joshua Linn, Xiaoya Dou | 37 pp.
Over the past decade, tightening vehicle fuel economy standards has reduced new vehicle sales and modestly increased the standards’ short-term costs.
Air Quality Transportation
Blog Post

Why All the Talk about Gas Prices and Fuel Economy Standards?

Aug 27, 2018 | Justine Huetteman, Joshua Linn, Virginia McConnell
Although gas prices affect benefits and costs of the standards, low gas prices provide only modest support for freezing the standards.
Transportation
Blog Post

CPP Replacement: Emissions Increase “At the Source”?

Aug 27, 2018 | Amelia Keyes, Dallas Burtraw
Our research suggests that the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule could have unintended consequences, causing increases in emissions of carbon dioxide and local pollutants at many facilities and in some states.
Air Quality
Working Paper
VALUABLES

Using Satellite Data to Fill the Gaps in the US Air Pollution Monitoring Network

Sep 12, 2018 | Daniel M. Sullivan, Alan J. Krupnick
This paper uses new satellite data to assess fine particulate matter concentrations and finds that 24.4 million more Americans than previously thought live in counties that do not meet the annual health standard set under the Clean Air Act.
Air Quality
Blog Post

A Retrospective Look at the 2009 PHMSA Gas Distribution Rule and Its RIA

Aug 21, 2018 | Alan J. Krupnick, Justine Huetteman, Arthur G. Fraas
New report shows PHMSA’s 2009 natural gas distribution pipeline safety rule may not be the best target for repeal when factoring in its demonstrated effectiveness and social benefits from methane reductions.