Selected Articles in Public Policy and Other Periodicals

2014
Stavins, Robert N. “Should Endowments Divest Their Holdings in Fossil Fuels?Wall Street Journal (2014). Publisher's VersionAbstract
Ellen Dorsey of the Wallace Global Fund says they should, for moral and financial reasons. Harvard’s Robert Stavins counters that divestment is a symbolic act that would achieve little and cost much.
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Stavins, Robert N. “Chinese and US Climate Interests Are Converging.” China Dialogue, 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Bilateral climate change negotiations between China and the US are the most significant development since the Kyoto Protocol

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Stavins, Robert N. “A Convergence of Interests at COP-19.(2013 Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change).” The Environmental Forum 31 (2014): 14. column_59.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Fossil Divestment: Warranted & Wise?The Environmental Forum 31 (2014): 14. column_58.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Local Costs and Global Benefits.” The Environmental Forum 31 (2014): 14. column_62.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Pricing Carbon: Promises, Problems.” The Environmental Forum 31 (2014): 16. column_63.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “The Problem with EU Renewables.(renewable Energy Regulations).” The Environmental Forum 31 (2014): 14. column_60.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Understanding the IPCC's products.(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).” The Environmental Forum 31 (2014): 14. column_61.pdf

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2013
Stavins, Robert N. “Is Obama's Climate Change Policy Doomed to Fail? Maybe Not.PBS NewsHour, 2013. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Until there is an obvious, sudden and perhaps cataclysmic event, such as a loss of part of the Antarctic ice sheet, the odds would seem to be stacked heavi
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Schmalensee, Richard, and Robert N Stavins. “The Sordid History of Congressional Acceptance and Rejection of Cap-and-Trade: Implications for Climate Policy.” VoxEU.org, 2013. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Not so long ago, cap-and-trade mechanisms for environmental protection were popular in Congress. Now, such mechanisms are denigrated. What happened? This column tells the sordid tale of how conservatives in Congress who once supported cap and trade now lambast climate change legislation as ‘cap-and-tax’. Ironically, conservatives are choosing to demonise their own market-based creation. The successful conservative campaign that disparaged cap-and-trade means it may now be politically impossible to promote it in the US. The good news? Elsewhere, cap and trade is now a proven, viable option for tackling large-scale environmental problems.
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Solman, Paul, and Robert N Stavins. “Why the US and China Inspire Hope for International Climate Change Action.” PBS NewsHour, 2013. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Protesters assemble outside the 19th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, late last month.
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Stavins, Robert N. “AB 32: The Whole World Is Watching.(California Assembly Bill That Became the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006).” The Environmental Forum 30 (2013): 14. column_57.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Action and Inaction in the Second Term.(pres. Barack Obama's Second Term Environmental Policies).” The Environmental Forum 30 (2013): 14. column_54.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Closing the Energy-Efficiency Gap.(Removing Barriers That Contribute to Under-Investment in Energy Efficient Technologies).” The Environmental Forum 30 (2013): 14. column_56.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “The Ninth Largest Economy Steps Up.(California's Cap and Trade Program).” The Environmental Forum 30 (2013): 14. column_53.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Reflections on a Personal Milestone.(economic Analysis of Environmental Policy Trends).” The Environmental Forum 30 (2013): 14. column_55.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Why the Grass Is Always Greener.(carbon Tax Politics).” The Environmental Forum 30 (2013): 16. column_52.pdf

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2012
Stavins, Robert N. “Interview: Reduce Emissions by Investing in New Technologies.” Green Orbis Magazine (2012): 56–59.
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Stavins, Robert N, Gabriel Chan, and Richard Sweeney. “The US Sulphur Dioxide Cap and Trade Programme and Lessons for Climate Policy.” VoxEU.org, 2012. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The US sulphur dioxide cap-and-trade programme, aimed at the acid rain problem, has been hailed as a great success in almost all areas. This column argues that the programme’s success may tell us something about whether cap and trade can be applied more widely in climate policy.
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Stavins, Robert N. “Climate Policy: A Breath of Fresh Air.” The Environmental Forum 29 (2012): 14. column_49.pdf

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