Carbon Taxes and the Affordability of Gasoline

University of Michigan http://www.umenergysurvey.com/assets/C-taxG-aff_12Sep2017.pdf Probing consumers’ thresholds for “pain at the pump” enables us to quantify how a carbon tax would affect American consumers’ feelings about the affordability of gasoline. The gasoline price that consumers say they would find unaffordable, in the sense of having to change how they travel or otherwise conduct their daily lives, … Continue reading

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