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Common Resources Archive


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 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 with Michael Regan

Michael Regan, Richard 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


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

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Border Carbon Adjustments: How to Implement in Countries That Don’t Have a Carbon Price

Erin Campbell and William Pizer

July 29, 2021


Rising Income, Rising Emissions: Projections for Future Vehicle Demand in China

Anne McDarris and Zack Blumberg

July 8, 2021

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Empowering American Landowners with Carbon Credits

Ann Bartuska

July 7, 2021


Empowering Local Communities to Manage Their Forests: Nine New Studies Examine the Ecological and Socioeconomic Effects

Allen Blackman and Randall Bluffstone

June 21, 2021


The Role of Federal Subsidies in Decarbonizing the Transportation Sector

Joshua Linn and Wesley Look

June 15, 2021


While Corporate Support for Carbon Pricing Grows, Political Enthusiasm Remains Uncertain

Cole Martin

June 10, 2021