Testimony on CAFE Program Reforms
CAFE has been a very imperfect, but important, policy in dealing with fuel consumption. The Academy concluded, in 2002, that our oil imports would have been 2.8 million barrels a day higher had the policy not existed. (See Finding l in Appendix A). Many experts believe that a more effective approach to reducing fuel consumption – and a more cost-effective approach for the U.S. economy – would be stronger gasoline tax or oil tax that would not only encourage consumers to purchase more efficient vehicles but also encourage them to be more economical in their driving, a critical component that CAFE does nothing to address. Indeed, such a tax would have a more rapid impact on consumption than is possible through CAFE. These experts, of course, are not subject to popular election
Resources Magazine — Oct 4, 2023
Resources for the Future Welcomes Three New Fellows
Resources for the Future welcomes three new fellows to the research team whose work spans electricity markets, international climate policy, state and local policies, and environmental justice: Jenya Kahn-Lang, Milan Elkerbout, and Suzanne Russo.
Resources Radio — Oct 3, 2023
Cutting the Queue and Emissions in the US Power Sector, with Will Gorman
Will Gorman discusses the interconnection queue (the waiting list for developers that hope to connect power plants to the US electric grid), the reasons for recent growth in wait times, and reforms that could speed up the queue.
Common Resources — Sep 28, 2023
Designing Climate Policy for the Electricity Sector
Recent federal policy incentivizes low-carbon electricity generation. This conversation shares insights from experts about additional policy approaches that can help decarbonize the electricity sector while addressing environmental justice.
On the Issues — Sep 22, 2023
On the Issues: Equitable Climate Policy, Value of a Statistical Life, and More
A biweekly newsletter connecting global current events, pressing climate and energy policy news, and economics research from RFF scholars. This week: equitable climate policy, value of a statistical life, and more.