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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


The Supreme Court’s New Threat to Climate Policy

Nathan Richardson

Nov. 5, 2021


Accounting for Emissions in Global Trade with a Greenhouse Gas Index

Brian Flannery

Oct. 21, 2021


Designing Border Carbon Adjustments When Carbon Is Not Explicitly Priced

Erin Campbell and William Pizer

Oct. 19, 2021


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

Erin Campbell, Daniel Raimi, and Seth Villanueva

Oct. 7, 2021


RFF Celebrates Founders’ Day

Richard G. Newell

Oct. 7, 2021


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

Joseph E. Aldy

Oct. 5, 2021

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Environmental Justice and Equity: RFF’s Policy Leadership Series

Michael Regan, Richard G. Newell, and Elizabeth Wason

Sept. 30, 2021


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

Sept. 30, 2021


Is the Clean Electricity Performance Program Feasible?

Kathryne Cleary

Sept. 30, 2021


Can We Use Machine Learning to Predict Energy Savings?

Karen Palmer and Brian Prest

Sept. 29, 2021


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

Karen Palmer

Sept. 29, 2021

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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

Sept. 22, 2021

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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

Sept. 16, 2021


Supporting Communities with the Build Back Better Act

Daniel Raimi

Sept. 16, 2021


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

Benjamin Leard, Joshua Linn, and Virginia McConnell

Sept. 8, 2021


A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Preserving Insurance at the Coast

Carolyn Kousky

Sept. 2, 2021


The Right Policies Can Incentivize Cleaner “Blue” Hydrogen

Jay Bartlett and Alan Krupnick

Aug. 27, 2021

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The INVEST in America Act: A Modest First Step to Addressing the Orphaned Wells Problem

Daniel Raimi

Aug. 12, 2021


Celebrating Parks and Recreation Month with Resources for the Future

Resources Editorial Team

Aug. 3, 2021