Resources Article

Resources Magazine: 182

Mar 22, 2013



  • Will Biotech Help Bring Back the American Chestnut?
    Juha Siikamäki
    A collaborative effort to restore the iconic American chestnut has experts considering the role genetic engineering can play in breeding a blight-resistant tree.
  • Options for US Climate Policy
    Pete Nelson and Kristin Hayes
    With national cap-and-trade legislation off the table, RFF experts are focusing on three alternatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions: the Clean Air Act, a carbon tax, and a clean energy standard.
  • Ensuring Competitiveness under a US Carbon Tax
    Carolyn Fischer, Richard Morgenstern, and Nathan Richardson
    Tax exemptions, industry rebates, and border tax adjustments can help protect the competitiveness of industries affected by a carbon tax, but they are not equally efficient at achieving economic and environmental goals.
  • Taxing Carbon: Potential Deficit and Emissions Reductions
    Roberton C. Williams III
    An innovative modeling approach shows that a US carbon tax could provide a large new source of federal revenue and achieve emissions reductions—but the costs rise dramatically over time with a stringent target.
  • The Institutional Blind Spot in Environmental Economics
    Dallas Burtraw
    Although economic tools aim to be efficient and cost-effective, environmental policymaking largely has favored regulation over market-based approaches. One reason may be that economists don’t fully consider how their prescriptions interact with existing federal, state, and local institutions. Excerpted with permission from Daedalus (Winter 2013).
  • Inequality and Environmental Policy
    In an excerpt from his Resources 2020 lecture, Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz describes how environmental degradation contributes to inequality, and inequality contributes to weak environmental policy.
  • The Limits to Ingenuity: Innovation as a Response to Ecological Loss
    James Boyd
    To help conservationists prioritize their efforts and better engage stakeholders, we need to understand which ecological problems can (and cannot) be solved by human ingenuity and what government can do to spur that innovation.