Publications – Reports

  • Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon

    Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon

    by Peter Howard | September 16th, 2014

    Climate change is expected to make wildfires more frequent and intense, with new areas facing wildfire risk. This could take a serious toll on the U.S. economy by expanding the area that wildfires burn 50 percent by 2050—and raising projected damages by tens of billions of dollars a year. Flammable Planet provides the first-ever estimate of the extent to which climate change will magnify the future economic costs of wildfires.

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  • Navigating Net Neutrality

    Navigating Net Neutrality

    by Denise Grab | May 14th, 2014

    The Federal Communications Commission’s ability to protect the open Internet has been limited, due to recent court decisions. This report examines the regulatory options and
    recommends to FCC a course forward that will best promote the benefits of widespread Internet access.

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  • Omitted Damages: What’s Missing from the Social Cost of Carbon

    Omitted Damages: What’s Missing from the Social Cost of Carbon

    by Peter Howard | March 13th, 2014

    The social cost of carbon is an estimate of the economic damage done by each ton of carbon dioxide spewed into the air. Howard examines the Integrated Assessment Models used to produce the social cost of carbon estimate and gives a comprehensive review of what each model accounts for and what each model misses.

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  • Regulatory Report

    Regulatory Report

    Interagency Data Interoperability

    by Policy Integrity | June 26th, 2012

    This report shows what could be accomplished if straightforward changes were made to improve the way agencies interact. By sharing data, using the same metrics and coordinating on target populations, agencies could improve the impact of social services and stretch every tax dollar.

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  • Regulatory Red Herring

    Regulatory Red Herring

    The Role of Job Impact Analyses in Environmental Policy Debates

    by Institute for Policy Integrity | April 3rd, 2012

    The debate on jobs and environmental regulation too often relies on thinly-supported forecasts about jobs “killed” or “created” by public protections. In the din, questions about larger costs and benefits of protections for clean air or water can get lost.

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