Governance

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Discussion Paper - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Co-Benefits and Regulatory Impact Analysis: Theory and Evidence from Federal Air Quality Regulations

    Authors:
  • Matthew Kotchen
  • Mary Evans
  • Meredith Fowlie
  • Arik Levinson
  • Karen Palmer
| January 2021

This paper considers the treatment of co-benefits in benefit-cost analysis of federal air quality regulations. Using a comprehensive data set on all major Clean Air Act rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency over the period 1997–2019, the authors show that (1) co-benefits make up a significant share of the monetized benefits; (2) among the categories of co-benefits, those associated with reductions in fine particulate matter are the most significant; and (3) co-benefits have been pivotal to the quantified net benefit calculation in nearly half of cases.

The logo of Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terrorist network based in the United States.

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Analysis & Opinions - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

A Threat to Confront: Far-Right Extremists and Nuclear Terrorism

| Jan. 14, 2021

Every president serving in the last two decades has said that nuclear terrorism is a significant national security threat. Analysis of this threat has been, for good reason, mostly focused on foreign extremist groups, but recent events raise questions of whether there should be greater focus in the United States on far-right, domestic extremist threats. These extremists represent a unique danger because of their prevalence in federal institutions such as the military and the potential that they might infiltrate nuclear facilities, where they could access sensitive information and nuclear materials.

President Trump Signs Executive Order On Transparency In Federal Guidance And Enforcement

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Analysis & Opinions - Deutschland Funk

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook: "To protect democracy as such, the President must be stopped."

| Jan. 13, 2021

Harvard Kennedy School political scientist, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, attaches great importance to the new impeachment process. On Deutschlandfunk she said: “It's about the oldest functioning democracy in the world. It is about the status of the United States' global role model.” Which system will set the credible international frame for the future - authoritarian China or democracies like the USA and Europe? She added: "To protect democracy as such, the President must be stopped." [from German; interview in German]

Storming of the U.S. Capitol

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Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Kennedy School

What ails American democracy, and what to do about it

| Jan. 13, 2021

Harvard Kennedy School faculty share insights into the evident fragility of American democratic norms and institutions following the attack on the United States Capitol by followers of President Trump. These essays examine the nature and scale of the threat and weigh potential avenues for protecting and nurturing democracy. They were written before the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Trump on Wednesday for the second time.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump

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Analysis & Opinions - The Atlantic

How MAGA Extremism Ends

| Jan. 12, 2021

Juliette Kayyem argues that if Trump keeps losing, the risk of future violence will abate. Keeping Trump in office until January 20 won't assuage the supporters who falsely believe that the election was stolen from him, but removing him from office a week early would emphasize that he is losing. Recruitment is easier for a winning team.