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To Tax or Not to Tax? The Answer May Surprise You

Beia Spiller and Heather Stephens

May 20, 2022


Wetland Conservation Is Worth the Cost

Hannah Druckenmiller

April 18, 2022


Kathy Sullivan Explores Marrying the Economy and the Environment, with Tim Dunn

Kathryn Sullivan

April 15, 2022


Partners, Not Rivals: Supply- and Demand-Side Policies Pursued in Parallel Can Mitigate or Eliminate Leakage

Brian Prest

April 15, 2022


Managed Fires Can Help Mitigate the Risks Posed by Increasing Frequency of Wildfires

Ann Bartuska and Matthew Wibbenmeyer

April 4, 2022


“Can We Please Stop Talking about Energy Independence?”

Daniel Raimi

March 16, 2022


Remembering Cliff Russell

Susan Russell and Raymond J. Kopp

March 10, 2022


Bringing the Future into the Present

Alessandra Mazzai

Feb. 28, 2022

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Modernizing the Electric Grid: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series

Allison Clements, Richard G. Newell, and Elizabeth Wason

Feb. 24, 2022


Consumers in Sweden Will Experience Low Costs When Industry Goes to Zero Emissions

Dallas Burtraw and Carolyn Fischer

Feb. 16, 2022

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Meeting the US Nationally Determined Contribution and Saving Lives

Maya Domeshek and Dallas Burtraw

Jan. 31, 2022


Is There a Trade-off Between Equity and Effectiveness for Electric Vehicle Subsidies?

Joshua Linn

Jan. 21, 2022


Smooth Waters Ahead for Offshore Wind?

Kathryne Cleary and Karen Palmer

Jan. 14, 2022


More Than Just Jobs: Assessing the Public Finance Implications of the Energy Transition

Daniel Raimi

Jan. 13, 2022


The Build Back Better Act Could Speed Deployment of Cleaner Commercial Vehicles

Joshua Linn, Wesley Look, and Cole Martin

Jan. 11, 2022

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Remembering Thomas Lovejoy

RFF Staff

Jan. 5, 2022

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RFF Commemorates its 70th Anniversary with a Year of Research, Events, and Analysis

Richard G. Newell

Jan. 5, 2022


RFF’s Top Stories of the Past Year

Resources Staff

Dec. 20, 2021

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Buy Clean: Can the New Executive Order Make a Real Difference?

Alan Krupnick

Dec. 17, 2021


Kathy Sullivan Explores the Courage to Step Out, with Dawn Wright

Kathryn Sullivan

Dec. 13, 2021


What Happened in Glasgow at COP26?

Robert Stavins

Nov. 19, 2021


The Build Back Better Act and Green Procurement

Alan Krupnick

Nov. 19, 2021


Breathe Easy: Smartphone Apps Can Reduce Exposure to Air Pollution

Allen Blackman and Bridget Hoffmann

Nov. 19, 2021

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

Jay Bartlett and Alan Krupnick

Nov. 15, 2021