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  • Prevailing Academic View on Compliance Flexibility under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Prevailing Academic View on Compliance Flexibility under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act

    By Gregory E. Wannier, Jason A. Schwartz, Nathan Richardson, Michael A. Livermore, Michael B. Gerrard, and Dallas Burtraw
    July 14, 2011

    EPA will soon propose performance standards under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act for greenhouse gas pollution. Many argue that to be effective and efficient, the standards should incorporate compliance flexibility. This repport finds widespread agreement in the academic community that § 111 authorizes the use of many types of flexible approaches.

  • 2011 Heavy-Duty Trucks Rule

    2011 Heavy-Duty Trucks Rule

    By Policy Integrity
    February 2, 2011

    EPA and NHTSA have taken a crucial step in addressing our greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependency by regulating the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks for the first time. But, there is room for improvement.

  • NOAA’s Enforcement Practices

    NOAA’s Enforcement Practices

    By Policy Integrity
    December 19, 2010

    This regulatory report recommends more economically effective fines that would increase the protection of our nation’s ocean life. It comes in response to a possible shift in NOAA’s policies that could risk a rise in over-fishing. The suggestion is properly calibrated fees combined with more rigorous enforcement that, together, will serve to efficiently deter harm to marine life.

  • Regulatory Change and Optimal Transition Relief
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Regulatory Change and Optimal Transition Relief

    By Richard L. Revesz & Allison L. Westfahl Kong
    October 30, 2010

    Grandfathering has become a common practice in regulating industries like coal power generation. But it is not clear that phasing out polluting plants is beneficial. The costs of retrofitting existing plants to comply with new standard can be higher than the compliance costs for a new plant. Since the costs of shifting to new technology must be borne at some point, (since granfathering can’t be indefinite) it might be best not to grandfather at all so that society can benefit from lower pollution levels earlier. That’s just one of the arguments examined in this working paper.

  • 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.