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Outside The Cap

Opportunities and Limitations of Greenhouse Gas Offsets

Carbon offset programs require the application of rigorous quantification, verification, and enforcement criteria in order to ensure that the integrity of greenhouse gas (GHG) caps is not compromised. Some types of climate change mitigation activities---especially those involving soil or forest...

Federalism in the Greenhouse

Defining a Role for States in a Federal Cap-and-Trade Program

This policy brief presents the competing arguments for state-led and federal-led climate legislation, and argues for a third—“hybrid”—approach that maximizes the strengths of each level of government.

Like many other requirements of the Clean Air Act (the Act), the standards of performance under section 111 are designed and implemented through a federal-state partnership. EPA lists the categorie

The Future of Coal under Carbon Cap and Trade

Submission to Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

WRI submitted this document on September 14th 2007 to the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, in response to the Committee's invitation to submit written testimony....

Climate Policy in the State Laboratory

How States Influence Federal Regulation and the Implications for U.S. Policy

This report analyzes the prospects of state efforts to address climate change by looking at a range of case studies to determine what characteristics of state policy innovation may be indicators of successful federal adoption.

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