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

Sally Jewell, Richard Newell, and Elizabeth Wason

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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

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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

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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

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Eliminating Transportation Sector Emissions: Don’t Forget Trucks

Joshua Linn

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Equitable Transition to a Low-Emissions Future: Federal Support for a Workforce in Transition

Wesley Look

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One Year of COVID: Have We Learned Anything from Prior Pandemics?

Cole Martin

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Putting Energy Projections into Context with RFF’s Global Energy Outlook and Benchmark IPCC Scenarios

Seth Villanueva and Daniel Raimi

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Can Public Transit Survive COVID and Compete with Uber? A Look at Long-Term Ridership Trends

Joshua Linn

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What Happened in Texas? Understanding the Blackouts and Drawing Lessons for the Power Grid

Karen Palmer and Kathryne Cleary

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A New Administration Brings Major Changes to Federal Climate Policy

Robert Stavins and Daniel Esty

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The Potential of Hydrogen for Decarbonization: Reducing Emissions in Iron and Steel Production

Jay Bartlett and Alan Krupnick