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What Happened in Glasgow at COP26?

Robert Stavins


The Build Back Better Act and Green Procurement

Alan Krupnick


Breathe Easy: Smartphone Apps Can Reduce Exposure to Air Pollution

Allen Blackman and Bridget Hoffmann

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Effective Incentives for Hydrogen Production, with Long- and Near-Term Climate Benefits

Jay Bartlett and Alan Krupnick


The Supreme Court’s New Threat to Climate Policy

Nathan Richardson


Accounting for Emissions in Global Trade with a Greenhouse Gas Index

Brian Flannery


Designing Border Carbon Adjustments When Carbon Is Not Explicitly Priced

Erin Campbell and William Pizer


Two Paths to 1.5°C: Will We Take Either One?

Erin Campbell, Daniel Raimi, and Seth Villanueva


RFF Celebrates Founders’ Day

Richard Newell


A Solution to the Competitiveness Risks of Climate Policy: Countervailing Duty Law

Joseph E. Aldy

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Environmental Justice and Equity: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series with Michael Regan

Michael Regan, Richard Newell, and Elizabeth Wason


Fuel Economy Standards Will Help Speed the Deployment of Electric Vehicles, But May Not Be Enough to Achieve the 2030 Target

Benjamin Leard, Joshua Linn, and Virginia McConnell


Is the Clean Electricity Performance Program Feasible?

Kathryne Cleary


Can We Use Machine Learning to Predict Energy Savings?

Karen Palmer and Brian Prest


Savings Versus Comfort: How Smarter Thermostats Can Respond to Time-Varying Prices

Karen Palmer

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What Should Federal Agencies Assume for How Much Consumers Are Willing to Pay for Fuel Cost Savings?

Kevin Ankney, Benjamin Leard, Joshua Linn, and Virginia McConnell

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Under Construction: The Build Back Better Act

Kathryne Cleary, Marc Hafstead, Alan Krupnick, Joshua Linn, Wesley Look, Karen Palmer, Daniel Raimi, Kevin Rennert, Nicholas Roy, and Matthew Wibbenmeyer


Supporting Communities with the Build Back Better Act

Daniel Raimi


How Much and How Quickly Will Biden’s Proposed Fuel Economy Standards Reduce Emissions?

Benjamin Leard, Joshua Linn, and Virginia McConnell


A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Preserving Insurance at the Coast

Carolyn Kousky