Blog Post

New Issue of Resources Magazine: Fall 2017

Oct 5, 2017 | Peter Nelson
Read the latest from RFF experts on the prospects for harmonizing energy policy across North America, US federal standards and state policies for new vehicle emissions and fuel economy, the future of self-driving cars, and other topics.
Climate Change Energy and Electricity Transportation
Blog Post

Climate Hawks in the Trump Administration

Oct 2, 2017 | Joel Darmstadter
Not for the first time in this administration, a downgrading of scientific expertise—especially as it relates to climatic issues—has become evident. A recent case involves the reassignment of dozens of Interior Department senior executive personnel responsible for such topics within their research portfolio.
Climate Change
Working Paper

Effects of Increases in IQ in India on the Present Value of Lifetime Earnings: A Structured Expert Judgment Study

Oct 2, 2017 | Randall Lutter, Abigail Colson, Roger M. Cooke | 44 pp.
Many policy interventions targeting the health of infants and young children are thought to raise cognitive performance. This study finds that in India, large-scale measures that effectively raise IQ would have substantial economic benefits.
Journal Article

Balancing the Carbon Budget for Oil: The Distributive Effects of Alternative Policies

Sep 29, 2017 | Carolyn Fischer, Stephen W. Salant | pp. 191-215
Energy and Electricity

The Accident Externality from Trucking

Sep 28, 2017 | Lucija Anna Muehlenbachs, Stefan Staubli, Ziyan (Jessica) Chu | 39 pp.
Using data from the Pennsylvania shale gas boom, we find each additional truck on the road increases the number of accidents involving a truck—but, to an even larger extent, the number of car-on-car collisions.
Energy and Electricity Transportation
Blog Post

New RFF Vice President for Land, Water, and Nature: Ann M. Bartuska

Sep 25, 2017 | Peter Nelson
Dr. Ann M. Bartuska, a senior official at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), will join RFF as Vice President for the newly formed Land, Water, and Nature Program.
Blog Post

Introducing the E3 Carbon Tax Calculator: Estimating Future CO2 Emissions and Revenues

Sep 25, 2017 | Marc Hafstead
The new E3 Carbon Tax Calculator allows users to choose various carbon tax policy design options—including the initial tax rate beginning in 2018 and the growth rate of the tax over time—to provide estimates of future CO2 emissions and revenues.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

How Should We Adapt to a Changing Climate?

Sep 25, 2017 | Peter Nelson
While the links between climate change and increased storm intensity remain uncertain, this hurricane season has prompted a new focus on extreme weather. Now many, including former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Craig Fugate are calling additional attention to climate adaptation.
Climate Change
Resources Article

North American Energy Outlook: Capitalizing on Cross-Border Collaboration

Sep 28, 2017 | Alan J. Krupnick, Amin Asadollahi, Juan Carlos Belausteguigoitia Rius, Isabel Echarte
How can Canada, Mexico, and the United States maximize the benefits of further cooperating on key environmental and fiscal policy areas related to oil and gas development across the continent?
Energy and Electricity International
Resources Article

The Next Big Thing in Carbon Markets? RGGI to Implement an Emissions Containment Reserve

Sep 28, 2017 | Dallas Burtraw
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative plans to implement an innovative new mechanism to help reduce price volatility in the market for emissions allowances.
Air Quality Climate Change Environmental Economics Topics