Air Quality

Many human activities result in air pollution, which negatively impacts human health and economic efficiency. RFF experts have been analyzing policies to monitor and improve air quality since such regulations first came to pass.

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Workshops & Seminars

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.

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Webinar

Cost-Effective Approaches for Managing Methane Emissions from US Oil and Gas

At this webinar, Stanford’s Rob Jackson and Adam Brandt presented their work on methane leakage in natural gas distribution systems nationwide, showing how their leakage estimates compare to those of EPA. RFF’s Alan Krupnick shared highlights from RFF’s study of policy options for cost-effectively reducing methane emissions—including via trading programs—as well as discussed new findings about inactive wells, which have implications for future methane emissions.

Workshops & Seminars

Politics, Power Plants, and the “War on Coal”

In their new book, Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the “War on Coal”,* Richard L. Revesz and Jack Lienke explain how the US Environmental Protection Agency’s recent restrictions on pollution from coal-fired power plants fit within the broader historical context of our nation’s five-decade struggle to achieve clean air in every American community.

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