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No. 183 • 2013

features cont. 20 Green Infrastructure:

Investing in Nature to Build Safer Communities

A suite of new research at RFF shows how nature’s “green” infrastructure can be a cost-effective substitute for the pipes, dams, levees, and treatment plants traditionally used to control flooding, purify and store water, and reduce urban stormwater runoff.

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30 How Should Benefits and Costs Be Discounted in an Intergenerational Context?

Anna Brittain

A distinguished group of economists convened at RFF to advise policymakers on how the benefits and costs of regulations should be discounted for projects that affect future generations.

22 The Controversy over US Coal Exports

Foreign demand for coal could provide a lifeline for the flagging US coal industry, but political and environmental concerns threaten to forestall that prospect. Do the opposing arguments hold merit?

Maureen Cropper

36 Whither Markets for

Environmental Regulation?

Joel Darmstadter

In a special RFF policy symposium, Dallas Burtraw, Art Fraas, Margaret Walls, and Len Shabman draw lessons from the few successful and many unsuccessful attempts to incorporate market-based approaches in the regulation of air pollution, water quality, and land development.

42 Sizing Up the

Energy-Efficiency Gap

New RFF research provides insight into the decades-old puzzle of why consumers fail to invest in seemingly cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies.

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Kristin Hayes

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