Comments on the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Request for Information on Energy Conservation Standards Program Design

Feb 26, 2018 | Joshua Blonz, Benjamin Leard, Karen L. Palmer | 9 pp.
Bringing CAFE style flexibility to appliance standards can improve program efficiency if implemented carefully. A pilot program with limited trading scope can provide insights for future implementation.
Energy and Electricity Environmental Economics Topics

The Future of Transportation Fuels and Vehicles

Mar 7, 2018 | Joshua Linn | 13 pp.
New technologies are fundamentally changing vehicles and travel, with benefits for the US economy but complex implications for energy security and the environment.
Journal Article

Air Pollution Success Stories in the United States: the Value of Long-Term Observations

Mar 15, 2018 | Timothy J. Sullivan, Charles T. Driscoll, Colin M. Beier, Dallas Burtraw, Ivan J. Fernandez, James N. Galloway, David A. Gay, Christine L. Goodale, Gene E. Likens, Gary M. Lovett, Shaun A. Watmough | pp. 69-73
This article highlights past examples of the use of science to document the effectiveness of policy in air quality management in order to inform public discourse.
Air Quality
Working Paper

Framework Proposal for a US Upstream Greenhouse Gas Tax with WTO-Compliant Border Adjustments

Mar 15, 2018 | Brian Flannery, Jennifer Hillman, Jan Mares, Matthew Porterfield | 21 pp.
Ambitious US climate policy will require border adjustments to protect energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries from unfair competition—but formulating policies compatible with obligations under the World Trade Organization has proved challenging.
Climate Change Environmental Economics Topics
Blog Post

Solution to a Vexing Climate Policy Problem: WTO-Compliant Border Adjustments

Mar 15, 2018 | Brian Flannery
Politically acceptable US climate legislation will require border adjustments. A new framework describes a WTO-compatible approach to manage exports and imports.
Climate Change
Journal Article

The Fiscal Impacts of Increased US Oil and Gas Development on Local Governments

Mar 4, 2018 | Richard G. Newell, Daniel Raimi | pp. 14-24
Energy and Electricity
Past Seminar

The Impacts of Lower Natural Gas Prices on Employment in the Manufacturing Sector

Mar 13, 2018 Video

A new study by RFF Senior Fellows Joshua Linn and Richard Morgenstern finds the dramatic decline in US shale gas prices increased employment in manufacturing and energy-intensive industries much less than previously thought. RFF experts discussed the study’s results. The event also featured comments from industry, environmental, and academic perspectives.

Energy and Electricity
Journal Article

Oil Supply Shocks and the U.S. Economy: An Estimated DSGE Model

Feb 28, 2018 | Nathan Balke, Stephen P.A. Brown | pp. 357-372
Energy and Electricity
Working Paper

Valuing Nonmarket Impacts of Climate Change: From Reduced Form to Welfare

Feb 26, 2018 | Nathan W. Chan, Casey J. Wichman | 36 pp.
We propose and evaluate a method to value nonmarket climate impacts with limited empirical information.
Climate Change
Journal Article

Expert Elicitation: Using the Classical Model to Validate Experts’ Judgments

Feb 2, 2018 | Abigail Colson, Roger M. Cooke | pp. 113-132
Environmental Economics Topics