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  An Introduction to Climate Change Legislation

Table of Contents | Foreword | Preface | Executive Summary | Overview
Contributors | Participants and Staff




Joseph E. Aldy
Fellow, Resources for the Future
Joe Aldy's research focuses on climate policy, mortality risk valuation, and energy policy. He is the co-editor of Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World, a just published book examining the merits of alternative international strategies for future climate change policy. He is co-director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements and co-director of the International Energy Workshop. From 1997 to 2000, Aldy served on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, where he was responsible for climate policy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a master's degree in environmental management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.


Dallas Burtraw
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Dallas Burtraw's research interests include the design of environmental regulation, the costs and benefits of environmental regulation, and the regulation and restructuring of the electricity industry. Burtraw recently investigated the effects of alternative approaches to implementing emissions-permit trading programs on the value of assets of electricity generation companies. He also has helped to evaluate the cost effectiveness of trading programs for nitrogen dioxide in the eastern United States and sulfur dioxide trading programs under the Clean Air Act Amendments. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.



Daniel S. Hall
Research Assistant, Resources for the Future
Daniel Hall's work focuses on the design of federal climate change policy, including offset programs, provisions for non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, and legislative analysis. He is particularly interested in making academic research findings more accessible to broader audiences. He has experience conducting contingent valuation survey research on green building materials, and holds a master's degree from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.



Evan M. Herrnstadt
Research Assistant, Resources for the Future
Evan Herrnstadt's work focuses on energy technology policy, the competitiveness impacts of carbon mitigation policies, and the economic impacts of public oil stocks. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Iowa.


Raymond J. Kopp
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Raymond Kopp's work, throughout his career, has centered on the analysis of environmental and natural resource issues with a focus on federal regulatory activity. He is an expert in techniques of assigning value to environmental and natural resources that do not have market prices, which is fundamental to cost-benefit analysis and the assessment of damages to natural resources. Kopp's current research interests focus on the design of domestic and international polices to combat climate change. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a master's degree in economics from the University of Akron.


Joseph Maher
Fulbright Grantee, Chile, 2007
Joseph Maher's Fulbright research includes conducting a one-year sustainable development project in Chile. Maher worked as an intern and research assistant at Resources for the Future and as an environmental protection assistant for the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management. He holds bachelor's degrees in political science and environmental studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Richard D. Morgenstern
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Richard Morgenstern's research focuses on the economic analysis of environmental issues with an emphasis on the costs, benefits, evaluation, and design of environmental policies, especially economic incentive measures. His analysis also focuses on climate change, including the design of cost-effective policies to reduce emissions in the United States and abroad. Before joining RFF, Morgenstern was senior economic counselor to the undersecretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where he participated in negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol. Previously he served at EPA as deputy administrator; assistant administrator for policy, planning, and evaluation; and director of the Office of Policy Analysis. Morgenstern holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.


Richard G. Newell
Gendell Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University; and RFF University Fellow
Richard Newell's research centers on the economics of markets and policies for energy and related technologies, particularly the cost and effectiveness of alternative policies and energy technologies in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving other environmental and energy goals. During 2005-2006, he served as senior economist for energy and environment at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and Energy Economics and as an independent advisor for EPA and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.


Karen L. Palmer
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Karen Palmer is the director of RFF's Electricity and Environment Program. She specializes in the economics of environmental regulation and of public utility regulation. Her research interests include electricity restructuring, environmental regulation of the electricity sector, and the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency programs. Her most recent work has focused on renewable energy and controls of multi-pollutants and carbon emissions from electrical generating plants. She has done extensive work analyzing different aspects of policy design for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. She is a co-author of the book, Alternating Currents: Electricity Markets and Public Policy, published by RFF Press in 2002. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Boston College.



Ian W.H. Parry
Allen Kneese Chair and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Ian Parry's research focuses primarily on environmental, transportation, and public health policies. His recent work has analyzed gasoline taxes, fuel economy standards, transit subsidies, policies to reduce traffic congestion and accidents, environmental tax shifts, the role of technology policy in environmental protection, alcohol and drunk driver policies, and the interactions between regulatory policies and the broader fiscal system. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and master's degree in economics from Warwick University.


William A. Pizer
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
William Pizer's research seeks to quantify how the design of environmental policy affects costs and effectiveness. He applies much of this work to the question of how to design and implement policies to reduce the threat of climate change caused by manmade emissions of greenhouse gases. Pizer was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report and serves on the EPA Environmental Economics Advisory Committee. During 2001-2002, he served as a senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers where he worked on environment and climate change issues. He holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree in economics from Harvard University.


Juha Siikamäki
Fellow, Resources for the Future
Juha Siikamäki's research focuses on policy issues relating to the interface between agriculture, forestry, other human activities, and the environment. His work concentrates on valuing the environment and evaluating the benefits, costs, and cost-effectiveness of different environmental policy options. Recently, he has scrutinized conservation policy alternatives for Finland, evaluated the status of biodiversity and its conservation in the United States, and examined cost-effective prioritization of alternative approaches to the protection of Pacific salmon. Siikamäki's research has been published in journals such as Land Economics and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of California at Davis, and a M.S. from the University of Helsinki.

 

 

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