An Emissions Assurance Mechanism: Adding Environmental Certainty to a Carbon Tax

Jun 27, 2018 | Gilbert E. Metcalf | 10 pp.
This report describes how a carbon tax can be designed to achieve given emission reduction targets.
Climate Change
Blog Post

Understanding a New Study on Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

Jun 25, 2018 | Daniel Raimi, Gloria Aldana
A new study finds that levels of methane escaping from natural gas systems are higher than previous estimates, but don’t erase natural gas’s climate benefit over coal.
Energy and Electricity

Vehicle Ownership Restrictions and Fertility in Beijing

Jun 22, 2018 | Antung Anthony Liu, Joshua Linn, Ping Qin, Yang Jun | 25 pp.
Leveraging a randomized lottery, we show that one unintended consequence of Beijing’s vehicle ownership restrictions has been to reduce the number of births in Beijing by a remarkable 6 percent between 2011 and 2014.
International Transportation
Issue Brief

Analysis of Alternative Carbon Tax Price Paths for the Climate Leadership Council (CLC) Carbon Dividends Plan

Jun 20, 2018 | Marc Hafstead | 3 pp.
An analysis of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions reductions under the Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan.
Climate Change
Workshop Summary

Economic Approaches to Understanding and Addressing Resilience in the Bulk Power System: A Workshop Summary

Jun 18, 2018 | Karen L. Palmer, Devin Hartman, Paul Picciano, Daniel Shawhan | 7 pp.
This summary of a recent RFF and R Street workshop provides insights into economic approaches to understanding and addressing resilience of the power system and related advice to policymakers.
Energy and Electricity
Journal Article

Explanations for the 2014 Oil Price Decline: Supply or Demand?

May 30, 2018 | Brian C. Prest | pp. 63-75
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

Measured Modification to BSEE’s Well Control Rule

Jun 14, 2018 | Alan J. Krupnick, Isabel Echarte
BSEE’s cost-benefit analyses show that the agency took a restrained approach in modifying the 2016 blowout preventer and well control rule, which was under review following the Trump administration’s order to review energy resource regulations.
Energy and Electricity
Past Conference

Economic Approaches to Understanding and Addressing Resilience in the Bulk Power System

May 30, 2018

This workshop explored the high level of regulatory and political interest in grid resilience, a concept still emerging from intellectual infancy.

Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

Climate and Environment in Peril—But What Else is New?

Jun 13, 2018 | Joel Darmstadter
A new National Intelligence submission to Congress underscores the seriousness of the climate-change threat.
Climate Change
Blog Post

Seeing the Forests for the Carbon: Panel Looks for Opportunities and Obstacles

Jun 8, 2018 | Michael Zwirn, Jad Daley
Panelists at an RFF/American Forests event discussed how forests—and the diverse stakeholders that manage forests—can play a critical role in addressing climate change.