New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President

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Written by economists and policy analysts at Resources for the Future, a Washington, DC, think tank with a tradition for independent, objective research, this collection of twenty-five 'memos to the President' offers constructive policy options for the elected administration on critical challenges related to energy, the environment, and natural resources. Each contributor to New Approaches on Energy and the Environment was asked to address the question: 'Based on your research and knowledge, what policy recommendation would you like to make to the next U.S. president?' Writing in advance of the 2004 election so as to keep their essays free of partisan interpretations, the authors were asked not to confine their suggestions to what the prevailing wisdom says is politically possible. They also took pains to make their ideas accessible to a busy president as well as a wide range of readers interested in a concise and authoritative overview of the nation's energy and environmental policy choices. The results are provocative, sometimes controversial, but highly readable essays on topics including climate change, oil dependency, electricity regulation, brownfields revitalization, forest service administration, air and water quality, and environmental health issues such as food safety and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. When the President takes office in January, 2005, he will confront competing perspectives about the priorities and approaches that should apply to energy and environmental policy: Americans want cleaner air and water and healthy and attractive surroundings, but they also want inexpensive fuel, comfortable cars and houses, and continued economic growth. New Approaches on Energy and the Environment provides thought-provoking, commonsense contributions to debates about important energy and environmental issues confronting the U.S. today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933115009
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: RFF Press Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard D. Morgenstern focuses on the costs, benefits, and design of environmental policies. His research interests include conventional types of pollution as well as global climate change. He has served in senior policy posts in both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of State.

Paul R. Portney is president of Resources for the Future and is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Public Policies for Environmental Protection. He is former chief economist at the Council on Environmental Quality.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert E. Grady and Frank E. Loy Introduction Richard D.Morgenstern and Paul R. Portney Part I. Energy and Climate
1. Taking the Lead on Climate Change Robert W. Fri
2. Stimulating Technology to Slow Climate Change Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D.Morgenstern, Richard G.Newell, and William A. Pizer
3. A Carbon Tax to Reduce the Deficit Dallas Burtraw and Paul R. Portney
4. Slaking Our Thirst for Oil Ian Parry and Joel Darmstadter
5. Stimulating Renewable Energy: A 'Green Power' Initiative Joel Darmstadter
6. Rewarding Automakers for Fuel Economy Improvements Carolyn Fischer and Paul R. Portney
7. Making Electricity Markets Competitive: How Fast and by Whom?
Timothy J. Brennan Part II. Environment, Health, and Safety
8. Cleaning Up Power Plant Emissions Dallas Burtraw and Karen L. Palmer
9. Pay-As-You-Drive for Car Insurance Winston Harrington and Ian Parry
10. State Innovation for Environmental Improvements: Experimental Federalism Winston Harrington, Karen L. Palmer, and Margaret Walls
11. Pay as You Slow: Road Pricing to Reduce Traffic Congestion Ian Parry and Elena Safirova
12. Focus on Particulates More Than Smog Alan J. Krupnick
13. A New Approach to Air Quality Management Alan J. Krupnick and Jhih-Shyang Shih
14. Redirecting Superfund Dollars Katherine N. Probst
15. A Broader View of Brownfield Revitalization Kris Wernstedt
16. Modernizing the Food Safety System Michael R. Taylor
17. Performance Standards for Food Safety Sandra A.Hoffmann and Alan J. Krupnick Part III. Natural Resources
18. Streamlining Forest Service Planning Roger A. Sedjo
19. Smarter Budgeting for Space Missions Molly K. Macauley
20. Getting Serious About Antibiotic Resistance Ramanan Laxminarayan
21. Zoning the Oceans: Changing the Focus of U.S. Fisheries Management James N. Sanchirico Part IV. Information Decision Frameworks
22. Combating Ignorance About U.S. Water Quality James Boyd and Leonard Shabman
23. Create a Bureau of Environmental Statistics H. Spencer Banzhaf
24. Treading Carefully with Environmental Information Thomas C. Beierle
25. Better Evaluation of Life-Saving Environmental Regulations Maureen L. Cropper Index

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