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Common Resources Archive


The Role of Federal Subsidies in Decarbonizing the Transportation Sector

Joshua Linn and Wesley Look


While Corporate Support for Carbon Pricing Grows, Political Enthusiasm Remains Uncertain

Cole Martin


How Much Will People Drive This Summer—and Beyond?

Joshua Linn


Cofiring at Coal Plants: A Cautious but Effective Regulatory Approach to Power Sector Emissions

Maya Domeshek

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Highways in the Sky: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series with Scott Kirby

Scott Kirby, Richard Newell, and Elizabeth Wason


Reforms to Federal Permitting Can Speed Solar Energy Deployment

Arthur G. Fraas


Can the United States Reach New Climate Goals Set by the Biden Administration?

Lauren Dunlap

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Electric Vehicles and Equity: How Would Aiming Subsidies at Lower-Income Households Affect Vehicle Sales?

Joshua Linn

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Protecting Public Lands: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series with Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell, Richard Newell, and Elizabeth Wason


Can Timber Extraction Permits Help Conserve Tropical Forests?

Allen Blackman and Laura Villalobos Fiatt

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Celebrating Earth Day in 2021

Richard Newell

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Waiting for Clarity: Carbon-Pricing Policy Can Reduce Uncertainty and Stimulate Private Investment

Karen Palmer

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Who Benefits from EV Subsidies? The Complicating Role of Zero-Emissions Vehicle Standards

Joshua Linn

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A Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Invasive Species: People Like Us

Anne McDarris

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Getting to 30x30: Important Considerations for the Biden Administration’s Conservation Agenda

Alexandra Thompson and Margaret A. Walls


Putting the American Jobs Plan to Work: Examining the Implications and Challenges

Marc Hafstead, Alan Krupnick, Benjamin Leard, Joshua Linn, Wesley Look, Karen Palmer, Daniel Raimi, Kevin Rennert, Susan Tierney, and Michael A. Toman


Texas Power Crisis Exposes Problems with Financial Risk–Mitigation Strategies in Renewable Energy Projects

Jay Bartlett

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Net-Zero Ambitions: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series with Bernard Looney

Bernard Looney, Richard Newell, and Elizabeth Wason

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Equitable Transition to a Low-Emissions Future: Thriving in a Clean Energy Economy

Wesley Look

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The Forests All around Us: Making Green Infrastructure Available to Everyone

Ann Bartuska