RFF's Federal Climate Policy Toolkit is a series of explainers designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the different climate policy tools that federal policymakers can or do use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The series begins with a review of general policy instruments that are relevant to climate policy, and continues by discussing options to cover individual economic sectors or the entire economy.
The explainers, listed below, were also adapted as articles in issue 207 of Resources magazine.
Explainer — Mar 3, 2021
Federal Climate Policy 101: Reducing Emissions
An overview of climate policy tools available for federal emissions reduction efforts and the key criteria for evaluating climate policy.
Explainer — Mar 9, 2021
Federal Climate Policy 102: Economy-Wide Policy
An overview of economy-wide federal climate policy options, from carbon taxes and cap and trade to a portfolio of regulations that systematically tackles each sector of the economy.
Explainer — Mar 16, 2021
Federal Climate Policy 103: The Power Sector
An overview of federal climate policy options to reduce emissions from the US power sector, from clean energy standards and carbon taxes to investments in innovation.
Explainer — Mar 24, 2021
Federal Climate Policy 104: The Transportation Sector
A review of current primary policies and policy options for emissions reductions in the sector, including fuel economy and GHG standards, programs to promote the use of alternative-fuel vehicles, and more.
Explainer — Mar 31, 2021
Federal Climate Policy 105: The Industrial Sector
An overview of federal policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the US industrial sector, from standards to funding for research and development.
Explainer — Apr 6, 2021
Federal Climate Policy 106: The Buildings Sector
An overview of the tools available for policymakers to reduce emissions from buildings, which contribute about 12.5 percent of total US greenhouse gas emissions.
Explainer — Apr 14, 2021
Federal Climate Policy 107: Land Use, Forestry, and Agriculture
A review of the federal policy options for increasing land-related carbon storage and reducing emissions from agricultural land uses and production activities.
Explainer — Apr 21, 2021
Federal Climate Policy 108: The Oil and Gas Industry
An overview of policies that the federal government could implement to reduce emissions from the US oil and gas sector.