RFF Policy Boot Camp: A Policymaker's Toolkit for a Low-Carbon Future

Briefing Hill staffers on the various climate policy options available at the economy-wide and sector-specific levels


Jan. 17, 2020

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boot camp
/ˈbo͞ot ˌkamp/
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1. a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training.

On January 17, 2020, in conjunction with the offices of Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Francis Rooney (R-FL), RFF held the "RFF Policy Boot Camp: A Policymaker's Toolkit for a Low-Carbon Future." This half-day short course for congressional staff began with a brief primer—"Setting the Stage for a Low-Carbon Economy"—before diving into policy options at both the economy-wide and sector-specific levels.

The morning agenda featured a series of topical sessions, each including a 20-minute presentation from leading experts and time for Q&A. The lunch session included a broader panel discussion on decarbonization options for other sectors of the US economy, with the morning speakers also on hand.


Setting the Stage for a Low-Carbon Economy: What Policy Options Exist, and What Criteria Should Policymakers Consider?
Kevin Rennert, RFF Fellow

Economy-Wide Policies: Carbon Pricing, A Green New Deal, and More
Marc Hafstead, RFF Fellow

Power Sector Policies: Clean Energy Standards, Renewable Portfolio Standards, and Grid Reforms
Karen Palmer, RFF Senior Fellow

Transportation Sector Policies: Tailpipe Standards, Fleet Electrification, Other Alternative Fuels and Travel Modes
Joshua Linn, RFF Senior Fellow

Spurring Innovation: Policy Options to Drive New Low-Carbon Technology Development and Deployment
David Hart, ITIF Senior Fellow

Policies to Decarbonize Other Sectors of the US Economy: Reflections across All Sectors
Dallas Burtraw, RFF Senior Fellow
Leslie Jones, College of the Atlantic Research Fellow 
This panel session incorporated all of the event's presenters.

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