Many human activities result in air pollution, which negatively impacts human health, the environment, and economic efficiency. RFF experts have been analyzing policies to monitor and improve air quality since such regulations first came to pass.
Working Paper — Jul 18, 2019
Carbon Standards Re-Examined: An Analysis of Potential Emissions Outcomes for the Affordable Clean Energy Rule and the Clean Power Plan
A new analysis calls into question the assumptions and conclusions in EPA’s cost-benefit analysis of the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. They demonstrate that the ACE rule does little to address climate change and is likely to have even greater adverse air quality and health effects in some states than EPA has projected.
Report — Jun 10, 2019
How Clean is “Refined Coal”? An Empirical Assessment of a Billion-Dollar Tax Credit
Billions of dollars of taxpayer funds go to "refined" coal subsidies, but the associated emissions reductions may not meet the US tax code requirements.
Working Paper — Jun 7, 2019
Building Subway Systems and Improving Air Quality in China: New Evidence from Multiple Chinese Cities
Partly to reduce air quality problems, China has invested heavily in urban subway systems. This paper provides the first comprehensive estimates of the effects of these investments on urban air quality, finding substantial air quality improvements.
RFF Live — Jun 27, 2019
CPP vs. ACE: Evaluating the Economic and Legal Impacts
Join RFF Senior Fellow Dallas Burtraw and a panel of experts as they examine the economic and legal implications of the ACE rule.
Conferences & Panels — Jun 10, 2019
Lessons from the Clean Air Act
Join us on Monday, June 10, for the launch and discussion of a new book from the AAAS on the Clean Air Act
Workshops & Seminars — Dec 13, 2017
What Does Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Mean for Future Climate and Energy Policies?
The Trump administration’s move to repeal the Clean Power Plan includes a revised estimate of the social cost of carbon as well as different approaches for considering ancillary public health benefits and the savings from improved fuel efficiency. This RFF seminar explored the implications of these revisions for the Clean Power Plan itself and for potential future energy and climate policies.
Press Release — Jul 22, 2019
New Issue Brief from Burtraw & Keyes Critiques Affordable Clean Energy Rule
A new issue brief by RFF's Dallas Burtraw and Amelia Keyes identifies and explains 10 flaws in the ACE Rule.
Press Release — Jul 16, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio on Chernobyl, with Todd Allen
Daniel Raimi and Todd Allen discuss the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in this episode of Resources Radio.
Press Release — Jun 11, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio on Refined Coal Subsidies, with RFF's Brian Prest
This podcast explains the research behind a new paper on refined coal subsidies.