"Up to this point, we've relied on subsidies and mandates and other tools to try to force E85 into the transportation sector. But based on the work that RFF and others have done, it now looks that there really is a value proposition for consumers."
"The Endangered Species Act is such an amazing statute because it touches upon all the threats and pressures we face as a growing society: the demands on water, the demands for land, climate change, sea level rise, and new threats that are looming. All of this together creates this truly complex question, but one that’s really fascinating to be a part of."
"We found that the public is strongly supportive of shale gas development on one condition, and that condition is that it is sustainable. So along with this support, there is public sentiment about the importance of the need to reduce or mitigate shale development risks."
"Clean Air Act regulations could be stringent. I emphasize this point because after the demise of the Waxman–Markey legislation, many people thought that the game was pretty much over with respect to climate policy for the foreseeable future, and that perhaps by regulating under the Clean Air Act, we would be in the minor leagues. But what’s happening under the Clean Air Act does not have to be in the minor leagues."
"You start return on investment analysis with a pretty fundamental question, which is, 'What are the returns that we care about?' In a business context, that’s usually pretty easy and obvious because the returns are financial in nature. But in a conservation context, it's a much more open question."
"Opinions have been overwhelmingly green on the issue [of climate change] and have remained relatively steady over a period of years despite many events that speculators thought might have influenced opinions. Hard-core skeptics remain a tiny fraction of the nation."