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Autos, Energy, and the Environment: Challenges for the 21st Century
Threats to the future of the American auto industry confront technological experts, auto and fuel industry leaders, and environmental advocates at this conference held by RFF and the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Global Compensation for Oil Pollution Damages
Senior Fellow James Boyd outlines why certain provisions of this act should be emulated by other countries.
Valuation of Natural Resource Improvements in the Adirondacks
New York residents are willing to support measures to enhance and maintain the ecosystem of the Adirondack Mountains at a high level of quality, according to an RFF Report that surveyed households across the state.
Energy and Population
Senior Fellow Joel Darmstadter discusses the relationship between energy consumption and population growth in a new Issue Brief. The interplay between the two is much more complex than commonly assumed.
Winning the Oil Endgame
Amory B. Lovins, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute, will speak at the RFF Policy Leadership Forum Tuesday, September 21, at 11 a.m.
Oil Prices Keep Swinging: The Search For Stability
Consumers and politicians complain bitterly when oil prices bounce upward, but the remedies all seem to lie decades in the future.
A Congressional Perspective on Energy and Environment Policy
Representative Mark Udall of Colorado to speak at the RFF Policy Leadership Forum
Environmental Power to the People in Asia
Resident Scholar Ruth Greenspan Bell and Barbara Finamore of the National Resources Defense Council convene a meeting of Asian practitioners to share experiences and examine the growing trend toward environmental public participation.
Painting the White House Green
Essays by eight former Senior Staff Economists on the President's Council on Economic Advisers provide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at environmental policymaking in the White House.
Awarding Prizes for Space Innovation
Senior Fellow Molly Macauley examines the payoffs from prizes given for scientific advances--and assesses their feasibility for progress in space exploration.
Choosing Environmental Policy: Comparing Instruments and Outcomes in the United States and Europe
RFF hosts a special event surrounding the release of Choosing Environmental Policy, a new RFF Press book that focuses on six different environmental problems that were managed differently on opposite shores of the Atlantic, mostly during the 1990s.
Mercury's Toxic Emissions
As mercury drifts from smokestacks into the food chain, it's a danger to human health. But the next steps to reduce mercury pollution are entangled in a fierce policy debate over how far to go, how fast, and how to do it.
Addressing the Mercury Problem: Global Challenge, Local Impact?
Alongside carbon dioxide, NOX, and SO2, mercury is the fourth key target pollutant of coal-burning electrical power plants that might be subject to regulation pending the outcome of current congressional debate.
Siren Song: Chilean Water Law
Fellow Carl Bauer discusses the economics of water, using the Chilean model to illustrate the ways in which the free-market approach often fails to address the important, long-term goals of environmental sustainability and social equity.
Securing Our Future: The Economics and Ecology of Coal.
James Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Cinergy, speaks at the RFF Policy Leadership Forum on May 18.
Fostering Use of Renewable Energy Sources.
A new report looks at ways to enhance the contribution of renewable technologies to the U.S. electricity supply--and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from the electricity sector.
State of the Planet: Feed and Educate Kids First
Visiting Scholar Tom Freedman and Richard Fritz suggest that free and reduced-cost school lunch programs should be expanded beyond the U.S. to benefit world peace and development.
Success for Superfund: A New Approach for Keeping Score
RFF researchers Kate Probst and Diane Sherman recommend more meaningful measures of success for the nation's Superfund Program.
Turning up the Heat on Traffic Gridlock
Provisions for HOT lanes in the current transportation bill are a welcome step in the right direction. But RFF Researchers Ian Parry and Elena Safirova suggest that lawmakers should do more to encourage road pricing at the local level.
Cutting Carbon Emissions: What's the Most Efficient Approach?
Some of the most popular ways for supporting renewable energy are the least efficient at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, RFF Fellows Carolyn Fischer and Richard Newell conclude. The most efficient way is also the least popular, setting out a dilemma for policymakers.
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