Mountain West News Bureau/NPR: “Some Mountain West States Rely Heavily on Fossil Fuel Revenues to Pay for Schools, Roads”
A new working paper coauthored by scholars at RFF and the University of Michigan is the focus of a radio spot aired on several western NPR stations.
“Resources for the Future, a nonprofit research group, analyzed data from nearly 80 counties across 10 states...
The group found oil, gas and coal account for 90% of energy-related revenues, which fund schools, roads, and other public services. Wind and solar make up only 2%, and the remaining 8% is unspecified.
States’ heavy reliance on fossil fuels – the main cause of climate change – for energy and revenue is incredibly concerning, said Daniel Raimi, a fellow at Resources for the Future and the study’s lead author.”
Working Paper — Jan 23, 2024
The Energy Transition and Local Government Finance: New Data and Insights from 10 US States
This working paper analyzes how fossil fuels and renewable energy contribute to local governments revenue in 79 US counties across 10 states.
Resources Radio — Feb 13, 2024
Our Homes and Our Climate, with Carlos Martín
Carlos Martín discusses the importance of housing issues in environmental policy, climate resilience, and decarbonization in the United States. He describes the challenges of balancing climate adaptation in residential communities with necessary investmen
On the Issues — Feb 9, 2024
On the Issues: Natural Gas Pause, Clean Energy Equity, and More
A biweekly newsletter connecting global current events, pressing climate and energy policy news, and economics research from RFF scholars. This week: natural gas pause, clean energy equity, and more.
Common Resources — Feb 8, 2024
How a Tax Incentive for Clean Energy in the Inflation Reduction Act Could Affect Low-Income Communities
A tax provision in the Inflation Reduction Act incentivizes clean energy projects in low-income communities. A similar, existing provision for affordable housing infrastructure may offer lessons for effective implementation of the new program.