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Winter 2021  /  Magazine Issues

Issue 206: Big Decisions in US Environmental and Energy Policy

A Note from RFF’s President about Resources issue 206:

Last year was tough, beyond any stretch of the imagination. In spite of the hardships and setbacks, Resources for the Future (RFF) has stayed the course to help improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

Now that a turbulent 2020 is behind us, we have the opportunity to look ahead—with informed optimism and educated guesses about what’s to come. In this issue of Resources, RFF scholars and other authors offer some research-based recommendations for how the Biden administration can advance the goal of transitioning to a low-carbon future.

To draw from my conversation with Sue Tierney, the chair of RFF’s board of directors, in the final episode of the special Resources Radio podcast series we co-hosted this past fall: Ultimately, actions have consequences—and if you don’t have good data and analysis, you have little idea of what those consequences might be. You need a good baseline picture of reality, and you need a solid understanding of how your actions might change that reality.

Opportunities are wide open, and at RFF, we are eagerly looking forward to working with a new administration, Congress, our supporters—and you—to actively pursue a healthy environment and resilient economy.

Richard G. Newell
President and CEO, Resources for the Future