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Policy Proposals May 18, 2011

A Strategy for America’s Energy Future: Illuminating Energy’s Full Costs

America’s energy choices are built on the prices we see at the pump and our utility bills. Yet these prices mask the social costs arising from those energy cho…
Policy Proposals May 18, 2011

An Energy Technology Corporation Will Improve the Federal Government’s Efforts to Accelerate Energy Innovation

John M. Deutch proposes a series of best practices for government support of U.S. technology demonstration and a new institution, the Energy Technology Corpora…
Policy Proposals May 18, 2011

Promoting Clean Energy in the American Power Sector

Joseph E. Aldy proposes a national clean energy standard that would lower carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 60 percent relative to 2005 levels over twenty…
Posts May 6, 2011

We Are What We Breathe: The Impacts of Air Pollution on Employment and Productivity

Despite modest improvement in April jobs numbers, the job gap — the number of U.S. jobs that must be created to return to pre-recession levels — is just under …
Policy Proposals December 1, 2008

A U.S. Innovation Strategy for Climate Change Mitigation

Two market problems in addressing climate change are lack of private incentive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and underinvestment by industry in R&D. This …
Policy Proposals July 1, 2008

Pay-As-You-Drive Auto Insurance: A Simple Way to Reduce Driving-Related Harms and Increase Equity

This paper argues that the current lump-sum pricing of auto insurance is inefficient and inequitable. It proposes and evaluates a simple alternative: pay-as-yo…
Policy Proposals October 30, 2007

An Equitable Tax Reform to Address Global Climate Change

This paper describes a carbon tax swap that is revenue and distributionally neutral. The tax swap levies a tax on greenhouse gas emissions with revenue being u…
Policy Proposals October 30, 2007

A U.S. Cap-and-Trade System to Address Global Climate Change

This paper lays out the arguments for using cap-and-trade to address climate change and proposes a system that includes an upstream cap on CO2, a gradual downw…
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