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  • Struggling for Air
    Book

    Struggling for Air

    Power Plants and the “War on Coal”

    By Richard L. Revesz and Jack Lienke
    January 4, 2016

    Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, conservative politicians have railed against the President’s “War on Coal.” As evidence of this supposed siege, they point to a series of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that aim to slash air pollution from the nation’s power sector. Because coal produces far more pollution than any other major energy source, these rules are expected to further reduce its already shrinking share of the electricity market in favor of cleaner options like natural gas and solar power. But the EPA’s policies are hardly the “unprecedented regulatory assault” that opponents make them out to be. Instead, they are merely the latest chapter in a multi-decade struggle to overcome a tragic flaw in our nation’s most important environmental law.

  • Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal (Summary for Policymakers)
    Policy Brief

    Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal (Summary for Policymakers)

    By Jayni Foley Hein and Peter Howard
    December 14, 2015

    This summary document describes how the Department of the Interior can make strides in modernizing the federal coal program through straightforward royalty rate increases and fiscal reform.

  • Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal
    Report

    Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal

    How the Interior Department Can Use Economic Tools to Modernize the Federal Coal Program

    By Jayni Foley Hein and Peter Howard
    December 14, 2015

    This report analyzes the hidden costs of coal production, and suggests updates that the Department of the Interior could make to modernize the federal coal program and earn “fair market value” for taxpayers, as required by law.

  • Expert Consensus on the Economics of Climate Change
    Report

    Expert Consensus on the Economics of Climate Change

    By Peter Howard and Derek Sylvan
    December 7, 2015

    We surveyed everyone who published an article related to climate change in a highly ranked economics journal over the past 20 years. The survey revealed consensus that climate damages could be more severe and more immediate than previously thought.

  • Familiar Territory
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Familiar Territory

    A Survey of Legal Precedents for the Clean Power Plan

    By Richard L. Revesz, Denise A. Grab, and Jack Lienke
    December 4, 2015

    In this essay, we highlight a wide variety of regulations from the Clean Air Act’s forty-five-year history that provide substantial precedent for the flexible design of the Clean Power Plan.