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RGGI Can Chart Course to Climate Success: Workshop Tomorrow

The Natural Resources Defense Council's Jackson Morrison writes about how he'll explore, alongside other panelists, how the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states can align their program with their science-based climate targets (economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reductions of 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050), consider ways to expand the program, and beef up its benefits at a workshop co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions on July 12. 

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North American Climate Policy Forum

At the North American Climate Policy Forum, government officials, academics, and key industry and policy leaders came together to share research and discuss climate policy tools and strategies with a special focus on low-carbon technology and innovation.

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The Snaking Path of the Clean Power Plan and Its Potential Effects on Administrative Law

In the Special Committee for Young Lawyers Newsletter, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policu Solutions' Christina Reichert describes the long and winding road of the Clean Power Plan since its introduction. "Given the snaking path of this litigation, it is dangerous to prognosticate on what future twists and turns may lie ahead," she said. "The case may affect the future of deference doctrines (Chevron v. major questions doctrine), the canons of statutory interpretation, and the United States’ climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. What we do know is that the electricity sector is in the midst of transformation, and some form of climate policy, whether or not it is the Clean Power Plan, may play a huge role in how that transformation plays out."

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Roady to Join Duke to Identify, Tackle Pressing Environmental Issues

Steve Roady brings a wealth of environmental law and policy experience to his new joint appointment at Duke’s Law School and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. As professor of the practice at the Law School and a faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute, Roady, who has taught environmental litigation and ocean and coastal law and policy as a senior lecturing fellow at the Law School since 2003, will continue to teach. He will also be charged with creating interdisciplinary teams to examine approaches to large-scale environmental problems.

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Carbon Pricing—A No-Brainer for Climate Change?

A story in Phys.org mentions a study by Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which found that RGGI was responsible for half the region's cut in emissions, while the other half of reductions were due to the recession and low natural gas prices. Without RGGI, the region's emissions would have been 24 percent higher.

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Royal Bank of Canada Advocates Carbon Price ($)

ClimateWire writes that the Royal Bank of Canada wants the country to adopt a stringent and increasing carbon price, a policy that has split provincial leaders. "In our view at RBC, carbon should be priced at a level to create long-term behavioral change and to ensure polluters pay, as we all move toward low-carbon targets," John Stackhouse, a senior vice president at the bank, told audience members at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions co-sponsored event the North American Climate Policy Forum in Ottawa, Canada. "We also need smart and targeted complementary approaches, including flexible regulations and public investment."

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Royal Bank of Canada Backs Adoption of Carbon Price

The Royal Bank of Canada has thrown its considerable weight behind the adoption of stringent and rising carbon prices that would be high enough to drive this country’s transition to a low-carbon economy, according to an article in the Globe and Mail“In our view at RBC, carbon should be priced at a level to create long-term behavioural change and to ensure polluters pay, as we all move toward low-carbon targets,” John Stackhouse, a senior vice-president at the bank, told a participants at the North American Climate Policy Forum, an event co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, in Ottawa, Canada.

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Duke Researchers Share Recent Work, Collaboration Opportunities

Energy researchers from across Duke University compared notes on their most recent investigations and discussed ways to collaborate across the institution and with colleagues in other countries at an annual workshop organized by the Energy Initiative. The fourth annual Energy Research Collaboration Workshop featured presentations by Nicholas Institute for Environmental researchers on state and local regulation for unconventional oil and gas development, the Clean Power Plan, and efficiency versus equity in energy policy.

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Sustainable Energy Initiative Finds First Home at Duke University

Two faculty members at Duke University have catalyzed the formation of an international network of researchers studying at the intersection of energy, environment and global economic development, hosting the inaugural workshop of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI).

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Why Trump’s Energy Plan Makes No Sense

Reliance on a single source of energy — the United States’ own supply — is risky, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Brian Murray told The Verge. “You've got all kinds of economic shocks that can occur in the United States and globally,” said Murray. “The more sources of supply that you have, the less likely you are to be affected by supply and demand shocks throughout the world.” 

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