Reports on Global Warming

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Global Warming. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit www.PolicyArchive.org. Full archive coming soon.

Fair Deal for Consumers or Free Ride for Polluters: The Case for Auctioning Pollution Permits in the Western Climate Initiative

As Western states consider plans to reduce global warming pollution, a key question is whether the region will give away emission allowances created in any “cap-and-trade” program for reducing global warming pollution or sell them in an auction. Fair Deal for Consumers or Free Ride for Polluters? lays out the case for auctioning allowances in any Western global warming cap-and-trade system, documenting the economic and environmental benefits of auctions.

(September 2008)
Beyond Oil: The Transportation Fuels That Can Help Reduce Global Warming

The growing threat of global warming, air and water pollution, and rising energy costs are a few of the many problems that result from our current over-reliance on petroleum-based transportation fuels. Alternative transportation fuels, in conjunction with an array of other energy-related strategies, have the potential to help mitigate these problems—if public policy prioritizes those fuels that can deliver the greatest benefit for the environment and the American people.

(July 2008)
Global Warming Solutions that Work: Cutting-Edge Efforts to Curb Global Warming Pollution and the Lessons they Hold for America

The latest climate science suggests that the United States must make deep cuts in its emissions of global warming pollution – on the order of 80 percent by 2050 – if we hope to prevent the worst consequences of global warming. Achieving that target will be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Global Warming Solutions that Work tells the story of cutting-edge efforts throughout the United States and around the world that are cutting global warming pollution and can serve as models for further action.

(June 2008)
Putting the Brakes on Global Warming: How the Clean Cars Program Will Reduce Global Warming Pollution in North Carolina

North Carolina could limit its contribution to global warming over the next 15 years by implementing policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks. Carbon dioxide pollution from cars and light trucks in North Carolina could increase by 12 percent from 2005 to 2020 unless action is taken to reduce emissions. Putting the Brakes on Global Warming finds that by implementing the Clean Cars Program as soon as possible, North Carolina could reduce carbon dioxide pollution from cars and light trucks by 10 percent below the levels that would be achieved under the recently improved federal fuel economy standards by 2020.

(May 2008)
On the Rise: Solar Thermal Power and the Fight Against Global Warming

America needs to dramatically ramp up its production of clean, renewable energy to address global warming. Solar thermal power plants – those that harvest the sun’s heat to generate electricity – can provide that energy. <i>On the Rise</i> shows that solar thermal power is already more cost-effective than zero-carbon sources of energy like nuclear power and coal with carbon sequestration and that solar thermal has the potential to provide vast amounts of round-the-clock electricity to help meet America’s energy needs.

(May 2008)
Falling Behind: New England Must Act Now to Reduce Global Warming Pollution

Recognizing the danger presented by global warming, in 2001 the New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers adopted a landmark commitment to reduce the region’s emissions of global warming pollution to 1990 levels by 2010 and to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. An analysis of global warming emission data for 2005, the most recent year available, shows that New England is not on track to meet the targets for global warming pollution reductions set by the New England governors in 2001. However, the good news for New England is that global warming pollution fell slightly from 2004 to 2005—the first year-to-year decrease since 2001—and that several indicators suggest that the decrease in emissions continued and accelerated in 2006.

(March 2008)
Getting California on Track: Seven Strategies to Reduce Global Warming Pollution from Transportation

Transportation is California’s largest source of global warming pollution and any strategies to achieve the state’s aggressive emission reduction targets must reduce pollution from cars and trucks. Getting California on Track describes seven strategies – from investments in public transportation and high-speed rail to measures to curb emissions from heavy-duty trucks – that the state can use to reduce global warming pollution from transportation.

(April 2008)
A Blueprint for Action: Policy Options to Reduce Wisconsin's Contribution to Global Warming

Global warming poses a serious threat to Wisconsin’s future. The state has already begun to respond to the problem, but additional action is needed if Wisconsin is going to do its share to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. A Blueprint for Action describes 13 policy steps that, if taken, would reduce the state’s global warming emissions to 23 percent below 2006 levels by 2020.

(June 2008)
A Blueprint for Action: Meeting Colorado's Goals for Reducing Global Warming Pollution

Global warming poses a serious threat to Colorado’s future. The state has already begun to respond to the problem, but additional action is needed if Colorado is going to do its share to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. A Blueprint for Action describes 16 policy steps that, if taken, would reduce the state’s global warming emissions to 23 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

(December 2007)
When It Rains, It Pours: Global Warming and the Rising Frequency of Extreme Precipitation in the United States

Scientists expect that global warming will cause rainstorms and snowstorms to be more intense – increasing the risk of flooding and other impacts. When It Rains, It Pours evaluates trends in the frequency of storms with extreme levels of rainfall or snowfall across the contiguous United States over the last 60 years, finding that storms with extreme amounts of rain or snowfall are happening more often across most of America, consistent with the predicted impact of global warming.

(December 2007)
Cutting Pollution, Cutting Costs: How New Jersey Can Maximize the Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

New Jersey and nine other northeastern states took a pioneering step to address global warming with adoption of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first regional cap-and-trade program for global warming pollution in the nation’s history. The RGGI agreement, however, gives individual states discretion over how to implement key parts of the program. Cutting Pollution, Cutting Costs describes how New Jersey can maximize the benefits of RGGI by auctioning pollution allowances and avoiding loopholes that would weaken the program.

(October 2007)
Cool Moves: Transit in New England and Its Role in Curbing Global Warming Pollution

New England’s transportation system produces more global warming pollution than any other sector of the region’s economy. Cool Moves documents how New England’s public transportation systems are helping to reduce global warming pollution in the region, while also saving oil and providing a host of other benefits to the region.

(September 2007)

Transportation produces roughly 42 percent of Florida’s global warming pollution. The Benefits of Adopting the Clean Cars Program in Florida explains how Florida could reduce global warming emissions from passenger vehicles by adopting California’s clean car standards. By requiring advanced-technology vehicles—including hybrid-electric and eventually hydrogen vehicles—and establishing global warming pollution standards, the clean cars program could begin to reduce Florida’s contribution to global warming.

(August 2007)
Cleaner, Cheaper, Smarter: The Case for Auctioning Pollution Allowances in a Global Warming Cap-and-Trade Program

“Cap and trade” programs are increasingly seen as a leading tool to reduce America’s emissions of global warming pollution. But while cap and trade can be an effective tool to reduce pollution at the lowest possible cost, the devil is in the details. Cleaner, Cheaper, Smarter addresses a critical choice policy-makers must make in designing a cap-and-trade program: the question of whether to give away pollution permits (called “allowances”) to polluters or to sell them in an auction. Auctioning allowances is a fairer, more efficient and more cost-effective solution than giving them away.

(July 2007)
An Unfamiliar State: Local Impacts of Global Warming in New Jersey

Global warming poses a serious threat to the future of New Jersey’s environment, economy, and the health and welfare of its citizens. As explored in An Unfamiliar State, Global warming threatens to alter the coastline, increase extremes of rainfall and drought, raise smog levels in parts of the state, and shift the plant and animal species that call New Jersey home. However, if we act now, there is still time to prevent many of the worst impacts of global warming. New Jersey must do its share to reduce global warming pollution and set an example for other states and the nation to follow.

(May 2007)

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