February 27, 2024

Op-Ed: US Energy Transition Policy is Leaving Vulnerable Workers Behind

In an op-ed in The Hill, CEEPR graduate student Kailin Graham and Professor Christopher Knittel discuss their research paper, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It provides new economy-wide data on where employment in the United States is most vulnerable to the economic pressures of the energy transition. They find that the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act fails to effectively support workers in many parts of the country where employment is at risk.

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February 8, 2024

Wildfires Exacerbate Inequalities in Indoor Pollution Exposure

Work by CEEPR Postdoc Benjamin Krebs has recently been published in Environmental Research Letters. Wildfires lead to dramatic increases in ambient fine particulate matter pollution, which also affects the indoor environment. Using crowd-sourced data from PurpleAir and econometric models that explore variations in monitor readings over time, this study investigates how income contributes to outdoor–indoor pollution infiltration rates during wildfire events. Read the full paper here.

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January 25, 2024

MIT Faculty Profile: Catherine Wolfram

Economist Catherine Wolfram, the William F. Pounds Professor of Energy Economics at MIT Sloan and a CEEPR faculty affiliate, balances global energy demands and the pressing need for decarbonization. Learn more about her work and her previous role as deputy assistant secretary for climate and energy economics at the US Treasury in this profile featured in the Winter 2024 issue of the MITEI’s Energy Futures.

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Clean Investment

The Clean Investment Monitor (CIM) is a joint project of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) and the Rhodium Group. The CIM tracks public and private investments in climate technologies in the United States. Through this data and analysis, the CIM provides insights into investment trends, the effects of federal and state policies, and on-the-ground progress in the U.S. towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The CIM covers dozens of different technologies and their input components across all sectors of the economy, including for clean electricity and transportation, building electrification, low-emission industrial production, and carbon management.

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Driving Towards
Seamless Public
EV Charging

Widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption is critical to confronting climate change – but a lack of sufficient public charging infrastructure is holding many potential EV drivers back. A team of researchers from Harvard and the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research will work to accelerate progress on public EV charging as a gating requirement to achieving widespread EV adoption. The team will contribute by working directly with stakeholders and stakeholder groups to identify barriers to seamless public EV charging, build consensus for solutions, and advance those solutions.

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The Roosevelt

Transitioning the United States economy toward deep decarbonization will have unequally distributed effects, positive and negative, across socio-economic groups, geographies and economic sectors. The concerns of workers and communities adversely affected by the transition must inform the discussion around decarbonization, associated policy changes and institutional development. The goal of the Roosevelt Project is to provide an analytical basis for charting a path to a low carbon economy in a way that promotes high quality job growth, minimizes worker and community dislocation, and harnesses the benefits of energy technologies for regional economic development.

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