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To meet the climate challenge, the United States needs a comprehensive national approach. Well-designed federal policy can cut emissions and strengthen resilience while driving economic growth.

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Decoupling economic growth from carbon emissions
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How the US can meet its climate pledge

The following was published in March 2016 on the EcoWomen blog. View the original post here.   I let out a cheer when Leonardo DiCaprio mentioned climate change during his Oscars acceptance speech. But concern about climate extends far beyond the red …

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Key Insights: Business, State and City Collaboration on Interstate Trading under the Clean Power Plan

C2ES facilitated a second private Solutions Forum workshop around the Clean Power Plan in February 2016. More than 50 business leaders, state and city officials, other experts, and representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) participated. The discussion built …

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Clean power progress will continue despite Supreme Court ruling
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Distribution of Allowances under the Clean Power Plan

In August 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Power Plan for existing power plants. Under the rule, states can implement a mass-based or rate-based compliance plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. States …

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Energy Efficiency under the Clean Power Plan

Energy efficiency programs are in wide use, whether administered by state governments, city governments, or utilities. Because energy efficiency is often a low-cost means for reducing power sector emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects it will be broadly …

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Market Oversight Under the Clean Power Plan

Carbon markets, like other commodities markets, require provisions to ensure that the market functions effectively and is not manipulated by some participants. Regulators conduct oversight to ensure that buyers can procure carbon credits when needed at a price that reflects …

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Tracking Systems in the Clean Power Plan

Tracking Systems in the Clean Power Plan February 2016 Download the Fact Sheet (PDF)   Tracking systems provide the foundation for a smoothly operating trading market. They are used by market participants to track the use, trading, banking, and retirement …

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Rate-Based Compliance Under the Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan gives states the option to comply via either a rate-based or a mass-based approach. Ten states currently operate mass-based greenhouse gas reduction programs, and many more participate in mass-based programs to reduce other pollutants (e.g., sulfur …

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