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.
Using Satellite Data to Fill the Gaps in the US Air Pollution Monitoring Network
This paper uses new satellite data to assess fine particulate matter concentrations and finds that 24.4 million more Americans than previously thought live in counties that do not meet the annual health standard set under the Clean Air Act.
How Do US Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards Affect Purchases of New and Used Vehicles?
Over the past decade, tightening vehicle fuel economy standards has reduced new vehicle sales and modestly increased the standards’ short-term costs.
Policy Evolution under the Clean Air Act
It’s effectively become impossible to amend the Clean Air Act to address climate change because of increasingly polarized policy debates and complex rules to address air pollution.
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.
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.