Robert Stavins

Robert N. Stavins is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, and Chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Climate Policy

Can the Durban climate negotiations succeed?

Photo: DG EMPL Cross-posted from An Economic View of the Environment. Two weeks of international climate negotiations begin today in Durban, South Africa. These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the …

Climate Policy

A golden opportunity to please conservatives and liberals alike

The U.S. EPA should opt for a smart, low-cost approach to fulfilling its mandate under a Supreme Court decision to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Climate Policy

Canada’s step away from the Kyoto Protocol can be a constructive step forward

Canada confirmed Friday that it will not take on a target under an extension of the Kyoto Protocol following the completion of the first commitment period, 2008-2012. Given that Canada is likely to miss by …

Climate Policy

Why the environmental justice lawsuit against California’s climate law is misguided

Environmental justice is a noble cause, but the lawsuit against AB 32 is misguided.On May 20, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled that the California Air Resources Board had not adequately explained its …

Climate Policy

Internationally linking carbon trading systems is the wave of the future

The latest rage in Washington policy discussions these days (that’s relevant to climate change) is renewed interest in renewable electricity standards, this time in the form of so-called “clean energy standards.” I’ve written about this …

Time is money

Reflecting on a century of economic progress and environmental problems

As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, the problem of the commons is more important to our lives — and more central to economics — than a century ago when …

Justice is served

California’s cap-and-trade plan is better for environmental justice than the alternatives

Gov. Jerry Brown will move forward with Assembly Bill 32, under which California seeks dramatic steps to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Justice is served

California's cap-and-trade plan is better for environmental justice than the alternatives

Gov. Jerry Brown will move forward with Assembly Bill 32, under which California seeks dramatic steps to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Renewable irony

Renewable energy standards: less effective, more costly, but politically preferred to cap-and-trade?

It is ironic that while cap-and-trade is dead in the Senate, support has emerged for an approach that would be both less effective and more costly.

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