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U.S., China Step Forward In Climate Debate
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Good Climate Policy, and Bad
Thursday, December 03, 2009
The Economist

Beyond Swine Flu: Superbugs
Friday, June 05, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Five Illinois residents have died of the swine flu, raising new fears that the H1N1 virus will not be easily controlled.
Will climate change take the fun out of fun?
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Environmental Economics

Putting A Price On Smart Power
Monday, April 27, 2009
National Public Radio

Expert: Telecommuting growing, but it's no panacea for societys ills
Monday, April 27, 2009
Finance And Commerce

Counting on That Carbon-Free Edge
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Congressional Quarterly Weekly
Nuclear power supplies just 20 percent of the nation's electricity, but 73 percent of the electricity produced with no carbon emissions. That fact is what powers nuclear energy's attempt at a comeback...
Beyond Yucca, A Blurry View
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Congressional Quarterly Weekly
All around the country, nuclear waste is waiting. From Diablo Canyon, Calif., to Peach Bottom, Pa., in 121 locations in 39 states, 60,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel, a lethal radioactive hoard the weight of an ocean liner, sits in deep pools of water or in steel casks stacked on concrete pads under the open sky, waiting to be hauled away...
Lobbying: 'Propaganda war' over coal escalates ahead of Hill climate debate
Monday, April 20, 2009
Environment & Energy Daily

Senator offers bill aimed at pulling moderates into debate; addresses transmission and more
Monday, April 13, 2009
Platts Electric Utility Week
Looking to claim some serious floor time in the ongoing energy debate on Capitol Hill, a leading moderate Democrat is pushing a wide-ranging Senate bill that would, among other things, turn over electric transmission planning and permitting to the federal government, rein in speculative trading in energy markets and promote nuclear power...
In Bill's Big Idea: Save the Climate, Share the Wealth
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Washington Post
For several years, Peter Barnes has been peddling a Big Idea about how to design climate change legislation so that it might actually be popular. Now he might finally get his day in the sun...
Florida vs. the superbugs
Monday, April 06, 2009
MRSA killed Alonzo Smith, an 18-year-old football player from Liberty High School in Kissimmee last September. Smith follows a long line of football players who have been sickened after infection with MRSA, a highly resistant superbug..
RFF's Morgenstern Discusses Cost-Benefit Analysis Reform
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Don't Hold the U.S. to Climate Standards it Cannot Achieve
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Guardian
Europe is inadvertently undermining President Obama on global warming, with potentially damaging consequences for climate co-operation and transatlantic relations...
Cap-and-Cashback: Regional fairness
Monday, March 16, 2009
Climate policy can be fair to families all across the...
Greenhouse Plan Spurs Lobbying
Saturday, March 14, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama's support for limiting greenhouse gas emissions has spurred a lobbying blitz in Congress, officials said...
Push to Reduce Greenhouse Gases Would Put a Price on Emitting Pollution
Friday, March 13, 2009
The Washington Post
President Obama's endorsement of climate legislation to clamp down on greenhouse gases has set off a lobbying rush in Congress and made the air thick with rival proposals.
Carbon Footprints Are Tricky to Track
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wall Street Journal
The truth is that while there is some variation in the carbon intensity of consumption across states, it is orders of magnitude smaller than what the editorial claims, thus severely overstating the degree to which cap and trade will burden some states and benefit others.
Climate Change Takes Center Stage in Congress
Friday, March 13, 2009
With climate change legislation a top U.S. priority for Democrats this year, lawmakers began zeroing in on Thursday on ways to ease the financial burden it could impose on the poor, especially in the midst of a deep economic recession.
For Malaria, We Just Can't Afford to Use Cheap Drugs
Friday, March 13, 2009
Financial Times
There are two ways to take anti-malarial drugs: the expensive way, which helps the world; and the cheap way, which helps only the patient. Most Africans cannot afford the expensive way and, as a result, the worlds most effective anti-malarial drug may lose its potency.
Quick Hits From Copenhagen
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Overheard here as the climate conference wraps up...
Obama Cuts Funds To Nuclear Waste Repository
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
National Public Radio
President Obama has lived up to a campaign promise by cutting off most funds to develop Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a nuclear waste repository. That leaves the fate of nuclear waste, currently stored at sites throughout the United States, in limbo.
Carbon Trading to Raise Consumer Energy Prices
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wall Street Journal
Dallas Burtraw is quoted on how the decision about distributing revenue from a national cap and trade system could "change the distribution of wealth potentially for a century."
Budget Expects Revenue from Limits on Emissions
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Washington Post
Dallas Burtraw's observation that "emission allowances could be the greatest creation of property rights since the 19th-century settlement of the West" is cited. 
Obama Stresses Energy Investment but Policy Battles Loom
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tim Brennan comments that President Obama's emphasis on climate legislation and renewable energy in a prime time address indicates the importance his administration places on the issues. 
Fighting Infection
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Baltimore Sun
Ramanan Laxminarayan and co-author Eli Perencevich of the University of Maryland Medical Center urge regional strategies to curb infections contracted in health-care facilities.
"Like Clean Water"
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Der Standard
The bulk of inappropriate prescriptions are for children under five years old. In hospitals, patients are treated with many antibiotics to reduce the risk of not recovering from an infection, many of which are drug resistant.
The 'X' Factor
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Molly Macauley offers an economist's view of prizes in this article about the X Prize Foundation.
Case for Climate Protection Authority
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
RFF’s Nigel Purvis makes the case for the Obama Administration to create a Climate Protection Authority and explains the potential benefits for domestic and international climate action.
Obama Counters Bush on Auto Standards
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Boston Globe
Ian Parry comments on the merit of higher fuel efficiency standards versus a higher gas tax and his recent study is summarized.
Scientific Climate is Changing as Obama Takes Office
Sunday, January 18, 2009
USA Today
A recent RFF study that explores how a cap-and-trade plan would affect household energy costs is cited.
Russia and Ukraine's Gas Dispute
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Washington Post
In this letter to the editor, Joel Darmstadter responds to an opinion piece regarding energy options for Europe.
Hank Paulson: Use Free Trade to Fight Climate Change
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Wall Street Journal
Keith Johnson summarizes Treasury Secretary Paulson's discussion about curbing greenhouse gasses at RFF's recent Policy Leadership Forum.
The Policy Relevance of Science
Monday, January 12, 2009
Space News
Molly Macauley makes the case for better inclusion of the federal science agencies (NASA, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey) in devising climate policy proposals. She notes, "…the expertise of these science agencies is vital as a basis for informing the actions likely to be taken by other agencies…"
Making a Treaty: The Senate’s Role
Thursday, January 08, 2009
New York Times
In this letter to the editor, Nigel Purvis explores the benefits of forging bipartisan climate policy through Congressional-executive agreements rather than treaties.
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