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Goings On: Highlights of RFF’s Recent Contributions to Shaping Environmental Policy

Mar 22, 2013

Inequality and the Environment
October 5
RFF launched its 60th anniversary Nobel Laureate lecture series with Joseph Stiglitz, who presented on inequality and environmental policy.

Convening Thought Leaders

Shale Gas Regulation
July 18
RFF Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Energy Economics and Policy Alan Krupnick hosted a webinar to preview findings from the center’s expert survey and regulatory review of shale gas development activities.

Electricity Sector and Regulation
July 19
RFF co-hosted a workshop with the Electric Power Research Institute to discuss existing and proposed EPA regulations, including the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

Border Measures and Climate Policy
September 5
At the September First Wednesday Seminar, moderated by RFF Senior Fellow Carolyn Fischer, panelists discussed the efficiency and distributional impacts of border measures to mitigate international emissions leakage. The seminar was part of a two-day workshop on border measures that RFF co-hosted with Entwined.

Forest Policy
September 17
RFF hosted a workshop on best practices for incorporating ecosystem services into USDA Forest Service planning.

Shale Gas
September 17–18
Together with The Howard Baker Forum, RFF co-hosted a workshop on the economics of shale gas, held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

Forest Health Initiative
October 3
At the October First Wednesday Seminar, panelists examined the Forest Health Initiative—a broad endeavor to explore new tools to address forest health challenges. Discussion focused on the role of modern biotechnology in forest health.

Trucking Sector
October 10
RFF’s Transportation Initiative held a seminar to examine new greenhouse gas emissions standards for trucks and how they might affect shippers and carriers.

Socio-Environmental Science
October 10–11
RFF co-hosted a workshop with the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center on linking socio-environmental science to environmental change. Participants identified areas for research that would contribute to a robust and rigorous interdisciplinary research agenda.

Greenhouse Gas Reporting
October 12
RFF and the US Environmental Protection Agency co-hosted a workshop, Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Opportunities for Research and Policy Analysis. Panelists and participants discussed EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program and the dataset it creates.

Engaging With Policymakers

Regulations and Jobs
July 12
RFF Visiting Scholar Randall Lutter testified at the US House Committee on the Judiciary hearing “Clearing the Way for Jobs and Growth: Retrospective Review to Reduce Red Tape and Regulations.”

Natural Lands and Flood Mitigation
September 27
Margaret Walls, RFF research director and Thomas J. Klutznick Senior Fellow, presented “Natural Lands and Flood Mitigation: Looking through the Lens of Economics” to the National Council of Environmental Legislators at its 5th Annual Mississippi River Forum.

Building Parternships

Carbon Mitigation
August 1
RFF Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow Dallas Burtraw presented at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Asia Pacific Energy Regulatory Forum. He discussed carbon mitigation status in the United States, secular trends, regional carbon trading, and the Clean Air Act.

September 18
RFF Fellow Sheila Olmstead presented at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Panel to Debate Hydraulic Fracturing. The panel explored whether hydraulic fracturing will enhance America’s energy security or deter the development of renewable energy sources.

Power Generation
October 1–2
RFF Senior Fellow Carolyn Fischer, Research Director and Senior Fellow Karen Palmer, and Nonresident Fellow Joseph Aldy​ presented research at the University of Wyoming’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy and School of Energy Resources symposium on power generation and the environment.

US Energy Policy
October 5
RFF Nonresident Fellow Joseph Aldy represented President Obama’s reelection campaign at the Presidential Energy Debate at MIT, where representatives presented each candidate’s energy policies and plans.