Cap and Trade
Market-based cap-and-trade programs to regulate pollution from development and production exist across sectors and around the world. RFF experts played critical roles in the design of such programs in California and the Northeast, as well as internationally, and continue to analyze and advise on policies in the United States and elsewhere.
Working Paper — Aug 14, 2019
Jobs and Environmental Regulation
Drawing from both our own recent work and the broader economic literature, we attempt to identify what we know and what we don’t know about the politically important question on the relationship between environmental regulations and jobs.
Explainer — Jun 6, 2019
Carbon Pricing 101
An introduction to carbon pricing, including carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs, the benefits and design of pricing policies, and applications around the globe.
Working Paper — May 30, 2019
Addressing the Urgency of More Stringent Climate Change Policy
This paper highlights scientific findings and features of the climate system that, together, suggest that the need for stronger policy action to mitigate emissions of carbon dioxide is urgent. It identifies four ways that economists can address this urgency—and the associated costs of delay—in assessing climate policy alternatives.
RFF Live — Mar 28, 2019
Putting a Price on Carbon, with Sen. Van Hollen and Rep. Beyer
Unpacking elements of the proposed cap and dividend legislation and the landscape for a carbon pricing policy
Workshop/Seminar — Jan 23, 2018
California’s Climate Action: Leadership from the States
This event provided insights into California’s commitment to tackling climate change and protecting its natural environment.
Webinar — Jul 18, 2017
The Future of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program: Policy Choices and Implications for Cross-Border Linkage
On July 18, experts hosted an interactive online panel discussion about the proposed features of these competing pathways for the California cap-and-trade program, what modifications or amendments may be considered as they work through the legislative process, potential implications for the California carbon market, and the potential effects on linkage with the programs in Quebec, Ontario, and other jurisdictions that might consider linkage in the future.
Media Highlight — Sep 4, 2019
"Climate Town Hall: Several Democratic Candidates Embrace a Carbon Tax"
RFF President Richard G. Newell is quoted in a New York Times article on how different 2020 presidential candidates view a price on carbon.
Press Release — Aug 14, 2019
New Research from Hafstead and Williams on Jobs and Environmental Regulations
Marc Hafstead and Roberton Williams reveal six key takeaways from recent research on jobs and environmental regulations..
Press Release — May 30, 2019
New Paper on Addressing the Urgency of More Stringent Climate Change Policy
A paper by Lawrence H. Goulder explores how economists can address climate change by integrating considerations of urgency in their analyses.