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Common Resources Archive

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Designing Effective Environmental Policies by Letting Markets for Pollution Allowances Determine the Value and Quantity of Environmental Commodities

William Shobe

July 19, 2022

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The Role of Voluntary Carbon Markets in Achieving Net-Zero Goals

Marc Hafstead

July 13, 2022


The Consequences of the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA Ruling for Environmental Regulation

Aaron Bergman, Dallas Burtraw, and Nathan Richardson

July 6, 2022


Three Insights from the Debate Over Minimum Offer Price Rules in Electricity Markets

Todd Aagaard, Karen Palmer, and Molly Robertson

July 6, 2022


Hydrogen Hubs: Helping Ensure Their Success

Alan Krupnick, Lucie Bioret, and Jhih-Shyang Shih

July 1, 2022

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Climate Philanthropy and Transformational Change: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series

Andrew Steer, Richard G. Newell, and Elizabeth Wason

June 30, 2022


Income Inequality Is a Key Driver of Decreased Residential Electricity Consumption

Molly Robertson

June 23, 2022


Now’s the Time: How States Can Take Advantage of High Energy Prices

Daniel Raimi

June 8, 2022


Learning from the Energy Transition in Poland: A Q&A with Wesley Look and Aleksander Śniegocki

Wesley Look and Aleksander Śniegocki

June 1, 2022


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 C. 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