"...Michael Greenstone, who runs the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and was one of the authors of the energy efficiency study, puts that in practical terms. “There is a limited appetite to devote resources to mitigating carbon emissions, so we should aim to pursue the least expensive ones,” he said. “There is a risk that we do a bunch of policies that make us feel better about ourselves but do not hit the climate target directly.”..."
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"Speaking at an event at hosted by the Hamilton Project in Washington, Perez took on industry objections to the rule his agency has proposed to make retirement investment plan brokers legally bound to act in their clients' best interest. Perez also made the issue personal, citing the example of a couple who he said were steered into a high-fee annuities by a bank investment broker who received kickbacks for doing so..."
"...In a recent policy memo for The Hamilton Project, a center-left think tank based at Washington’s Brookings Institution, Dube offered two proposals for how Rhode Island policymakers could decide on a higher minimum wage. “These state and local reforms can be an important part of the policy portfolio for reducing the incidence of poverty and for helping low-income families support themselves as they strive toward the middle class,” he argues..."
"...The insurance exchange idea is spreading beyond the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...A potential long-term care (LTC) exchange: The Hamilton Project at Brookings has proposed a LTC exchange as one of several LTC reforms the researchers envision..."
"...That's the issue explored in a new working paper by Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram. The economists conducted a large randomized controlled trial of 30,000 homes in Michigan involving the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income families replace their furnaces, upgrade insulation, and seal up leaks along doors and windows. This experimental set-up allowed for a more rigorous evaluation of these weatherization efforts..."
"Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity today. To avoid catastrophe, we must dramatically reduce the carbon intensity of our modern energy systems, which have set us on a collision course with our planetary boundaries. This is the challenge leading up to three key international events this year: a July summit on financing for new global development goals, another in September to settle on those goals and — crucially — a global meeting in December to frame an agreement, and set meaningful targets, on climate change..."
Modern Pumping Today featured the full Hamilton Project discussion paper "The Pate to Water Innovation," by Newsha K. Ajami, Barton H. Thompson Jr., and David G. Victor of the Stanford Woods Insittute for the Environment.
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