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May 2009 SPEA Insights: Toward "Climate Friendly" Coal

A James Barnes, Kenneth R. Richards
The challenge of formulating effective policies that regulate the generation of electricity is immense. The U.S. generates fully half of its electricity by coal. Although supplies of coal are plentiful, conventional methods of burning coal produce carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas linked to climate change. Recent bills in Congress, as well as President Obama's proposed program, have set the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 to 85 percent by 2050. The most promising way to meet this challenge may be to implement "carbon capture and storage" (CCS) systems. In this issue of SPEA's Policy Insights, we suggest some key recommendations for consideration that can guide the development of policies governing CCS implementation. full story.

January 2009 SPEA Insights: Preventing Bankruptcy After Bailout: The Future of Green Vehicles

John D. Graham, Lara Cavagnaro
It is encouraging that Congress sees the U.S. auto industry's financial crisis as an opportunity to promote energy conservation. Congress has given the Big Three until March 31 to develop a plan to profitably manufacture and sell fuel-efficient vehicles. But insisting on a policy of green vehicles may have a perverse consequence: eventual bankruptcy or a need for more bailout funds. The reason is simple: No auto company can make money selling fuel economy when the price of fuel is less than $2 per gallon full story.

The Evolution and Anatomy of Recent Climate Change Bills in the U.S. Senate: Critique and Recommendations

Kenneth Richards and Stephanie Richards
2009 report. Information: kenricha@indiana.edu

The National Inventory Approach for International Forest Carbon Sequestration Management.

Andersson, Krister, Plantinga, and Richards. 2009. For a volume from Oxford University Press extending the Harvard report — 2009. "The National Inventory Approach for International Forest Carbon Sequestration Management." Forthcoming in Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn, eds. The Economics and Politics of Climate Change. Oxford University Press. Information: kenricha@indiana.edu

An Analysis of the Leading Climate Change Bills in the U.S. Senate: S. 2191 America's Climate Security Act of 2007

Kenneth Richards and Stephanie Richards
2008. (Warner-Lieberman) vs. S. 1766 Low Carbon Economy Act of 2007 (Bingaman-Specter). Environmental Law Reporter 38: 10388-10417
Information: kenricha@indiana.edu

The Evolution and Anatomy of Recent Climate Change Bills in the U.S. Senate: Critique and Recommendations

Climate Change and Agriculture

Climate Change and Non-Timber Forest Resources

Forest and Carbon Dynamics


Articles, Reports, and Working Papers

Determinants of the Costs of Carbon Capture and Sequestration for Expanding Generation Capacity

Emily Giovanni and Kenneth Richards, 2009.
2009. Analysis of least cost approaches for Carbon Capture and Storage. Information: kenricha@indiana.edu

Costs of Biomass and Coal Cofueled IGCC Electricity Production with Geological Carbon Capture and Storage

John Dick, Emily Giovanni, and Kenneth Richards.
2009. Extension of the Carbon Capture and Storage cost model.
Information: kenricha@indiana.edu

Legal Analysis of Geological Carbon Capture and Storage Regulation for Indiana

Joanna Allerhand, Joice Chang, and Kenneth Richards.
2009. Information: kenricha@indiana.edu

International Forest Carbon Sequestration in a Post-Kyoto Agreement.

Andrew J.Plantinga, Kenneth R. Richards 2008. For Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, report on international carbon sequestration agreements suggesting an alternative approach. The report is forthcoming as a chapter in a Cambridge University Press volume. The report is at: Plantinga, A.J. and K.R. Richards (2008). "International Forest Carbon Sequestration in a Post-Kyoto Agreement." Discussion Paper 08-11, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Oct 2008. Information: kenricha@indiana.edu

V600 Capstone Report on Indiana Biofules

V600 Capstone Report on Future of Electricity

V600 Capstone Report on Green Building for SPEA