Using Existing Federal Laws and State Action to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissionsby Nicholas Bianco, Franz Litz, Kristin Meek and Rebecca Gasper - February 2013
This report examines opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States through actions taken at the federal and state levels without the need for new legislation from the U.S. Congress. It can serve as a road map for action by providing both a legal and technical analysis of...
Testimony: American Energy Security and Innovation: An Assessment of North America's Energy Resourcesby Jennifer Morgan - February 2013
In this testimony, Jennifer Morgan, Director of WRI's Climate and Energy program, describes the energy risks and opportunities that climate change presents; the role that clean energy can play in the U.S. energy mix; and actions Congress can take to mitigate global warming's threats....
A Framework for Identifying and Mitigating Environmental Impactsby Evan Branosky, Amanda Stevens and Sarah Forbes - December 2012
In this working paper, WRI proposes a life cycle framework for shale gas. This life cycle spans exploration to well closure/site remediation, and from production to use. Readers may use the life cycle boundary for their own assessments of shale gas impacts.
In addition, WRI compares its...
An Overview of the Current Policy Landscapeby Thomas Damassa, Nicholas Bianco, Taryn Fransen and Jennifer Hatch - November 2012
In the context of the U.S. goal to achieve “in the range of a 17 percent emission reduction by 2020 compared with 2005 levels,” this report examines key existing and emerging federal policies that are likely to reduce GHG emissions in the United States. U.S. government GHG projections suggest...
by James Bradbury and Christina DeConcini - August 2012
The United States has been experiencing ongoing extreme heat, droughts, and wildfires. This fact sheet examines the connection between climate change and these recent extreme weather events.
by John Larsen and Michael Obeiter - May 2012
The largest electric power industry trade group, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), produced a slide in 2010 (updated in May 2011) that purports to display an onslaught of new requirements for power plants. WRI has identified four categories of EPA activities on the EEI timeline that are...
by James Bradbury - April 2012
The U.S. electric power system is gradually shifting toward cleaner forms of generation. One sign of this transition is the declining use of coal for electric power production. This fact sheet examines the reasons for this transition and potential results.
Energy Use and Efficiency Policiesby James Bradbury, Nate Aden, Amir Nadav and John Cuttica - February 2012
This paper presents detailed manufacturing energy-use and economic-activity data along with state-by-state policy summaries for the 10 member states of the Midwestern Governors Association. To help inform ongoing policy discussions across the region, this paper offers a snapshot of industrial...
by Sarah Forbes - January 2012
In this testimony, Senior Associate Sarah Forbes describes the state of China’s shale gas industry; governmental policies that will drive its future development in China; the implications of U.S.-China business-to-business partnerships and government-to-government cooperation; and how shale...
by Nate Aden and James Bradbury - December 2011
New rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions will affect dozens of antiquated power plants currently operating without pollution controls. These
rules have stirred debate in some circles as to whether retrofitting or retiring...