Price of Climate Deregulation: Adding Up the Costs and Benefits of Federal Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

Columbia Univ., Sabin Center for Climate Change Law / by Nadra Rahman and Jessica Wentz [website] http://bit.ly/2hLoNdd [report] http://bit.ly/2vHo8Pl [abstract] Federal climate regulations are currently under attack, in part due to the perception that these regulations will impose excessive costs on regulated industries and society as a whole. But according to federal projections, the benefits of these regulations … Continue reading

Conservation Limited: Assessing the Limitations of State Laws and Resources for Endangered Species Protection

Univ. of California Irvine, School of Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR) / by Alejandro E. Camacho and Asena Cansu Yildiz https://www.politicopro.com/f/?id=0000015d-a4d4-d43a-a3dd-b7ff52cf0001 [Politico’s Morning Energy]  A report out Tuesday by University of California Irvine School of Law suggests that most states are legally and financially ill-equipped to take over protecting and recovering threatened and endangered species. It notes … Continue reading

Regulation and Markets: Ideas for Solving the Identity Crisis

Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer / by Tony Clark http://www.energycentral.com/c/um/regulation-and-markets-ideas-solving-identity-crisis [Energy Wire, sub. req’d] A former member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is warning states not to meddle in electricity markets by trying to pick winners insofar as how power is generated. Tony Clark, a Republican who served on FERC until the end of September 2016, released … Continue reading

When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists / by Erika Spanger-Siegfried, et al. http://bit.ly/2vyakDt [Washington Post] …The study identifies 167 communities in 13 states that by 2035 will face chronic inundation — which it defines as when high tides flood 10 percent or more of the community’s usable, non-wetland area at least 26 times per year. Twenty-two of those communities … Continue reading

Analysis of the Public Health Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, 2009–2014

Abt Associates / by Michelle Manion, et al. http://abtassociates.com/RGGI#sthash.OtKDIetw.dpuf [Politico’s Morning Energy] The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has resulted in an estimated $5.7 billion in health savings and other benefits for participating states, according to a new independent study out today. The nine-state effort to curb carbon emissions has prevented 300-830 adult deaths, avoided 13,000 – 16,000 … Continue reading

China’s Global Renewable Energy Expansion: How the World’s Second-Biggest Economy Is Positioned to Lead the World in Clean-Power Investment

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) http://bit.ly/2jj9g4q [Press Release] China will likely expand its dominance of the booming global renewable- and clean-energy industries as new American energy policies come into play, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)… Tim Buckley, lead author of the report … Continue reading

Quadrennial Energy Review — Second Installment

US Dept. of Energy https://energy.gov/epsa/quadrennial-energy-review-second-installment [Politico’s Morning Energy] The Obama administration’s second – and final – Quadrennial Energy Review is coming out today. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Obama climate aide Dan Utech are rolling out the tome, which aims to align energy policies across the federal government, at 10 a.m. in … Continue reading

Financing Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure: The Role of Climate Finance and Green Financial Systems

Brookings Institution / by Joshua P. Meltzer http://brook.gs/2ei5Et3 Over the next 15 years (2015-2030) the world will need to build on the order of US $75-$86 trillion in infrastructure—approximately double the estimated $50 trillion stock of infrastructure. This increases to $116.55 trillion once investments in energy efficiency and primary energy are included. Around 70 percent of … Continue reading