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EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Taxes, and My Neighbor's Lovely Lawn

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 1998 and for the subsequent eight years or so, I remained agnostic regarding what I viewed as the trade-offs between cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. What happened to change that? Three words: The Hamilton Project.

Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 2009, the U.S. Congress considered but ultimately failed to enact legislation aimed at limiting U.S. greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bill unde...

Confusion in the Senate Regarding Allowance Allocation

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

The new debate over climate change is repeating the confusion that was prevalent in the press about the allowance allocation in the Waxman-Markey legislation in the House of Representatives.

Too Good To Be True?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

I had thought that arguments about massive "free lunches" in the energy efficiency and climate domain had long since been laid to rest. The debates in California (and some of the rhetoric in Washington) prove otherwise.