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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

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Three Approaches to Investing in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Joshua Linn

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Estimating the Value of NOAA’s Digital Coast

Kathryne Cleary and Alan Krupnick

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The Potential of Hydrogen for Decarbonization: Reducing Emissions in Oil Refining and Ammonia Production

Jay Bartlett and Alan Krupnick

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Striking Down the Affordable Clean Energy Rule Helps—But Does Not Guarantee—Ambitious Climate Policy

Nathan Richardson, Dallas Burtraw, and Tim Brennan

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Science-Based Estimates for the Social Cost of Carbon Will Underpin Sound Climate Policy

Richard Newell and Maureen L. Cropper

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Restoring National Monuments: The Economics Say Yes

Margaret A. Walls and Paul Jakus

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President Biden Can Confront Threats to Nature by Deploying a New Ecosystem Restoration Corps

Carolyn Kousky

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The Potential of Hydrogen for Decarbonization: Evaluating Zero-Carbon “Green” Hydrogen Against Renewable and Nuclear Power

Jay Bartlett and Alan Krupnick

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Make Recovery Easier: A Road Map for the New Administration

Carolyn Kousky

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Should Utilities Manage How Your Appliances Use Energy?

Tim Brennan

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Climate Consensus across Continents: Opinions in China, Sweden, and the United States Increasingly Align

Cole Martin and Lauren Dunlap