Tagged with Government Policy

A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship

re:focus partners / by Shalini Vajjhala and James Rhodes http://brook.gs/2xl2mmy [Brookings Institution] So how can governments at all levels take a different approach to managing natural disasters? In a new report, A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship, my co-author James Rhodes and I highlight how Resilience Bonds can help local, state, and federal government agencies and international development banks … Continue reading

From Gas to Grid: Building Charging Infrastructure to Power Electric Vehicle Demand

Rocky Mountain Institute https://www.rmi.org/insights/reports/from_gas_to_grid/ (download with registration) [Axios] A major Rocky Mountain Institute report released this morning says policymakers need to move ahead ASAP with wise policies to plan for and create the charging infrastructure for EV’s in an energy-efficient and financially sound way. “Electric vehicles of all sizes, shapes, and applications are coming quickly, and … 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

Two Congressional Budget Office Papers on Hurricane Damage

Congressional Budget Office Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget How much will hurricane damage increase in coming years because of climate change and coastal development? This report examines the implications for the federal budget and three approaches for decreasing the pressure for federal spending. CBO’s Approach to … Continue reading

Marked Long-term Decline in Ambient CO Mixing Ratio in SE England, 1997–2014: Evidence of Policy Success in Improving Air Quality

Nature Scientific Reports (2016; doi:10.1038/srep25661) / by D. Lowrt, et al. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25661 [Green Car Congress] New research published today (23 May) in Scientific Reports has found a marked and progressive 80% decline in atmospheric CO (carbon monoxide) in SE England since 1997, following adoption of strict controls on gasoline vehicle emissions begin[ning] in the 1990s. … Continue reading

Modelling and Analysis of Australia’s Abatement Opportunities: Meeting Australia’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Target

Energetics for the Austrian Dept. of the Environment http://bit.ly/1qiuGNT [The Guardian] Modelling hailed by the Liberal party as proof its Direct Action plan could meet Australia’s long-term climate promises in fact assumes the Coalition would turn its policy into a type of emissions trading scheme, according to the authors. The environment minister, Greg Hunt, released … Continue reading

National Flood Insurance Program: Continued Progress Needed to Fully Address Prior GAO Recommendations on Rate-Setting Methods

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-59 Why GAO Did This Study NFIP, which is administered by FEMA, provided insurance to help protect over 5.1 million policyholders against flood losses in 2015. The program has struggled financially in its attempts to keep rates affordable and pay for losses from catastrophic flooding. GAO has previously identified a number … Continue reading