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New Face, New Visions: One-on-One with John Virdin

In an interview with Upwelling, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' new Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin shares his background in fisheries policy, his goals while at the Nicholas Institute and his outlook on the future of our oceans. 

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Billy Pizer Rethinks Three Issues Regarding the Clean Power Plan and Carbon Markets

Billy Pizer, a faculty fellow at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, was among the Duke representatives at the Navigating the American Carbon World Conference in Los Angeles, California, this week. Pizer, who led a panel on the Opportunities and Challenges for Carbon Markets under the Clean Power Plan, reflects on three issues brought up at the conference.

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Research Cautions States Against Shortsighted Plans for EPA Carbon Rule ($)

States implementing U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan run the risk of writing plans that limit short-term costs and impacts on the coal industry but make carbon reductions more difficult down the line, according to a new Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions study featured in ClimateWire.The draft rule sets different carbon dioxide emission rates for each state's power sector and tasks state officials with deciding how to reach those levels. The Nicholas Institute compared the effects of setting a price on carbon versus implementing different kinds of rate-based standards for electric generators. 

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New Study Ranks Transparency of International Fisheries Management Organisations

A new study in the Journal Marine Policy examines the transparency of international fisheries management organisations operating on the high seas. This paper, reports IASS Potsdam, is the first global study of regional fisheries management organisation transparency.

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“With Certainty” Cap-and-Trade Would Wreck the Economy, Rubio Says

Faculty fellow Billy Pizer disputes Sen. Marco Rubio’s claim that cap and trade “would have a devastating impact on our economy." Pizer told PolitiFact that, depending on the policy specifics, different cap-and-trade programs would have different effects on the economy and climate change but ideally would seek to balance costs and benefits. “Europe, California, New England—they all have cap and trade and nothing has been devastated,” Pizer said. “There is nothing about a generic cap and trade that is devastating.”

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Court Hears Arguments Surrounding EPA Power Plant Rule

Climate and Energy Program director Jonas Monast talks on air with WPTF about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit hearing on 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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McCrory Calls for Offshore Drilling

Climate and Energy Program director Jonas Monast talks on air with WPTF about North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory bashing the federal proposal to include a 50-mile buffer between the coastline and drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, telling a U.S. House subcommittee that the plan would restrict development for no reason.

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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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