The Business of Pricing Carbon

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions / by Manjyot Bhan Ahluwalia http://bit.ly/2wnkID3 Increasingly, companies across sectors and geographies are turning to an internal carbon price as one tool to help them reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate-related business risks, and identify opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Establishing a carbon price across a company can … Continue reading

Public Willingness to Pay for a US Carbon Tax and Preferences for Spending the Revenue

Environmental Research Letters (2017, v2 p094012) / by Matthew J Kotchen, et al. http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa822a [Abstract] We provide evidence from a nationally representative survey on Americans’ willingness to pay (WTP) for a carbon tax, and public preferences for how potential carbon-tax revenue should be spent. The average WTP for a tax on fossil fuels that increases household … Continue reading

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