Publications – Policy Briefs

  • Capturing Value

    Capturing Value

    Science and Strategies to Curb Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Sector

    by Jayni Foley Hein | December 19th, 2014

    Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent climate pollutant up to 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide on a 20-year timeframe. Currently the United States loses at least 1 to 3 percent of its total natural gas production each year when methane is leaked or vented to the atmosphere. Federal regulations could reduce methane emissions by up to 50 percent at little or no net cost, using available technologies.

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  • Regulating Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Existing Power Plants

    Regulating Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Existing Power Plants

    The State of the Debate

    by Jack Lienke and Jason A Schwartz | May 19th, 2014

    Environmentalists, industry groups, and state governments have been vocal regarding their preferences for the shape of EPA’s forthcoming rule on greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants. In this policy brief, Jack Lienke and Jason Schwartz survey 30 public letters, white papers, presentations, and reports from these stakeholders and outline their positions.

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  • Shifting Gears

    Shifting Gears

    A New Approach to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Transportation Sector

    by Jack Lienke and Jason A Schwartz | April 7th, 2014

    To overcome a stall out of “command-and-control” regulations for biofuels, EPA should move towards a flexible, market-based emissions trading system for the transportation sector.

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  • Peak Efficiency

    Peak Efficiency

    How Regulating Electricity Demand Could Save Lives in New York City

    by Jason A Schwartz, Kevin Cromar, and Steven Soloway | October 1st, 2012

    This policy brief discusses an on-going inter-disciplinary study to measure whether laws that reshape local electricity demand can achieve significant health benefits in New York City. A
    collaborative effort of legal, economic, and public health researchers, the study will answer crucial questions that should inform New York’s energy planning decisions

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  • Balanced Justice

    Balanced Justice

    Cost-Benefit Analysis and Criminal Justice Policy

    by Jennifer Rosenberg and Sara Mark | October 19th, 2011

    Crime and justice are not usually associated with cost-benefit analysis. But they should be, according to new research. This is especially true in an economic downturn, when government funding is scarce. In “Balanced Justice,” released jointly with the Center for the Administration of Criminal Law, author Jennifer Rosenberg reviews a growing body of research showing that counting the costs and benefits of our nation’s justice system can highlight areas of improvement that can save billions of taxpayer dollars without compromising public safety.

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