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...
The Social Cost of Carbon in U.S. Climate Policy, in Plain Englishby Ruth Greenspan Bell and Dianne Callan (Environmental Law Institute) - July 2011
This policy brief explains the various steps in calculating the social cost of carbon, the weaknesses and strengths of those calculations, and how they are used to inform climate policy. The aim is to help policymakers, regulators, civil society, and others judge for themselves the reliability...
The Transformation of China's Energy System...by Deborah Seligsohn - April 2011
In this testimony, Senior Advisor Deborah Seligsohn discusses China's energy systems, future energy plans, and the business opportunities these create for other countries....
What’s Ahead for Power Plants & Industry? Using the Clean Air Act to Reduce GHGs, Building on Regional Programsby Franz Litz, Nicholas Bianco, Michael B. Gerrard (Center for Climate Change Law at the Columbia University Law School) and Gregory E. Wannier (Center for Climate Change Law at the Columbia University Law School) - February 2011
This working paper explores how states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and industrial facilities using the standards
of performance under section 111 of the Clean Air Act.
Weak Governance and the Gulf Oil Spill, a 30-Year Timelineby Alisa Zomer and Lindsay Conlon - February 2011
This timeline provides a wide-ranging review of the decisions, policies, participants and events that formed the backdrop to the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This timeline is intended to serve as a resource and reference tool for policymakers, academics and journalists interested...
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States Using Existing Federal Authorities and State Actionby Nicholas Bianco, Franz Litz, Thomas Damassa and Madeline Gottlieb - July 2010
This report presents an analysis of potential GHG emissions reductions under existing U.S. federal authorities and announced state actions through 2030.
by John Larsen - June 2010
This analysis provides an assessment of reductions in net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to total U.S. emissions that could be achieved by pollution reduction proposals currently under consideration in the 111th Congress. A full description of the methods and assumptions behind this...
by Jenna Goodward - May 2010
This working paper provides a snapshot of the current investment environment for solar photovoltaic (PV) in the United States and describes the current installation trends, policy landscape, and economics.