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  • CLEAR & The Economy
    Policy Brief

    CLEAR & The Economy

    Innovation, Equity, and Job Creation

    By J. Scott Holladay and Michael A. Livermore
    April 12, 2010

    The CLEAR Act, sponsored in the Senate by Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), would place a price on carbon, auction 100% of the pollution permits, and refund most of the revenue back to consumers. This brief found that pricing carbon would spur investment and innovation in new energy technologies, giving a substantial boost to industries like manufacturing and construction—both hit hard in the recent financial crisis. Relatively well-paying jobs would be generated in these sectors, helping to mop up the slack created by the recession.

  • Economists and Climate Change
    Policy Brief

    Economists and Climate Change

    Consensus and Open Questions

    By J. Scott Holladay, Jonathan Horne, and Jason A Schwartz
    November 4, 2009

    Economists and Climate Change: Consensus and Open Questions describes and analyzes the results of a survey sent to 289 economic experts on climate change. Over 84% of the respondents to the poll said that the effects of global warming will create significant risks to important sectors of the United States and global economies.

  • The Other Side of the Coin
    Policy Brief

    The Other Side of the Coin

    The Economic Benefits of Climate Legislation

    By J. Scott Holladay and Jason A Schwartz
    September 1, 2009

    This brief compiles estimates from several different federal agencies, and calculates that the economic benefits of the emissions cap in the Waxman-Markey bill likely dwarf the costs by as much as 9-to-1 or more. The benefit to cost ratio was determined using the EPA’s previously released (and peer reviewed) cost estimates and a newly released “social cost of carbon” estimate from an interagency process which provides a conservative dollar figure for the benefits of greenhouse gas reductions.

  • No More Excuses
    Policy Brief

    No More Excuses

    The Economic Case for Coal Ash Regulation

    By J. Scott Holladay
    June 2, 2009

    No More Excuses: The Economic Case for Coal Ash Regulation is a brief but careful analysis which reveals several compelling findings on the regulation of the toxic by-product of coal combustion. In broad strokes, it is clear that the benefits of regulating coal ash storage facilities would far outweigh the costs. The benefits of a regulation requiring coal ash to be stored in dry conditions and in synthetically-lined, covered facilities could save tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars per storage facility.

  • Unlocking the Green Economy
    Policy Brief

    Unlocking the Green Economy

    How Carbon Pricing Can Open the Floodgates of Private Investment in Clean Energy

    By Michael A. Livermore
    December 16, 2008

    Unlocking the Green Economy: How Carbon Pricing Can Open the Floodgates of Private Investment in Clean Energy calls for the Obama Administration to implement carbon pricing as a necessary step to transition to a green U.S. economy.