Environmental Economics Program News

News Tip: Expert Available to Comment on Challenges to EPA Power Plant Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is slated to hear arguments Thursday in a set of cases challenging the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

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Libertarian Proposes Climate Swap -- Get Rid of Clean Power Plan and Enact Carbon Tax Instead ($)

The leader of a new libertarian think tank is challenging conservatives to support a carbon tax in exchange for a bucket of Republican victories, including a repeal of regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. This article in ClimateWire includes comments from Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Faculty Fellow Billy Pizer.

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Coal-Heavy States Explore Carbon-Cutting Options with Support from National Governors Association ($)

In North Carolina, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University has also suggested states lay the groundwork for trading carbon credits, even if they aren't going to submit plans to the EPA together or participate in a formal regional cap-and-trade program. And other think tanks around the country have been looking at those less rigid ways for states to collaborate, according to ClimateWire.

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Paper Touts 'Common Elements' Approach For Cross-State ESPS Trading ($)

Inside EPA writes about a new paper by researchers at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions that is touting a simpler approach for allowing trading of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions across state lines than formal, and more complicated, multi-state approaches for complying with EPA's proposed rule governing GHGs at existing power plants.

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Regulation: A 'Common Elements' Approach to Clean Power Plan Compliance ($)

Four researchers at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions are keying on that last word—solutions—in a new paper outlining a "common elements" approach to market-based compliance with the Clean Power Plan. Inside EPA discusses the new policy brief, which cites benefits that include cross-state credit transfers without states negotiating a formal regional trading scheme, leaves compliance choices to power companies, builds upon existing state and federal trading programs, and maintains the traditional roles of state energy and environmental regulators.

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U.S. States Could Adopt FVA-like Approach to Meet CO2 Goals

U.S. states could deploy a loose framework of rules to help meet federally-set utility emissions goals more cheaply and side-step political wrangling, a think tank said on Tuesday. States should adopt a “common elements” approach that may enable crediting mechanisms to develop, according to a policy brief by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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Think Tanks Suggest Less Formal Multi-State Carbon-Trading to Meet EPA Goals ($)

Visceral politics and administrative hurdles could keep many states from using regional cap-and-trade programs to cut carbon emissions under U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, but there might be a less controversial alternative. A policy brief released today by Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions suggests that states adopt "common elements" that would allow them to participate in cross-state carbon trading systems to reduce power-sector emissions of the planet-warming gas.

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Is Blue Growth the Beginning or End of a Healthier Ocean?

Across the globe, countries are increasingly looking seaward in search of new economic opportunities, including oil, gas, and mineral extraction from the sea floor, renewable energy development, and biotechnology. The push to expand this so-called “blue economy” comes at a time when the ecological health of the oceans is seriously degraded. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solution’s John Virdin and Linwood Pendleton examine whether blue growth helps or harms efforts to achieve a healthier ocean ecosystem in The Economist

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Get the Science Right to Value Nature

An international group of scientists, industry representatives and policymakers wants to set guidelines for the science behind valuing nature. The group, which includes the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Lydia Olander, has published new guidelines in the latest edition of Science on how to value the benefits and services that nature provides, known as ecosystem services.

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Mussels, Clams Hit by Ocean Acidification: How Effects Could be Forestalled

There's a growing understanding of the factors that contribute to ocean acidification in coastal areas and how shellfish respond. The Christian Science Monitor reports on a new study, co-authored by a Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions researcher, which looks at the risks to shellfish and identifies areas where livelihoods are most at risk.

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