2017

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Harvard Project Receives Award from Harvard University Climate Fund for Second Year

March 16, 2017

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements—a HEEP initiative—received a grant in March 2017 from the Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund for the second year in a row, along with six other programs and projects at Harvard University. The awardees are profiled in an article in the Harvard Gazette.

More Than 900 Examples of How Climate Change Affects Business

March 15, 2017

[Harvard Business School Working Knowledge ]...“We launched the challenge to expose students to the broad array of ways climate change is affecting organizations,” says Mike Toffel, Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management at Harvard Business School and the head of the TOM course, who spearheaded the challenge. “It’s affecting the energy sector and agriculture, of course, but it’s also affecting supply chains and operations.”

Conservatives Push Carbon Tax to Address Climate Crisis

February 8, 2017

[Standard Examiner ]...“I would personally be delighted if a carbon tax were politically feasible in the United States, or were to become politically feasible in the future,” said Harvard economics professor Robert Stavins. “At some point, the politics will change, and it’s important to be ready.”

What Trump Misses About Regulations: They Produce Benefits as Well as Costs

February 5, 2017

[The Conversation ] Joseph Aldy: President Trump jettisoned more than 30 years of bipartisan regulatory policy on January 30 when he issued an executive order on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” The order requires that whenever a new regulation is enacted by any federal agency, regulators must eliminate two rules, so that the cost of complying with the new rule is offset by the costs associated with the two existing rules.

Tillerson Renews Old Debate: When is a Subsidy a Subsidy?

January 13, 2017

[ClimateWire ]...To Joe Aldy, a public policy professor at the Harvard University and climate change policy expert, there's no doubt fossil fuel extractors get tax breaks.

"Most of the subsidies in the tax code for oil and gas production are not general business tax expenditures, as [Tillerson] suggested in the testimony, but specific to hydrocarbons," Aldy said in an email.