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December 5th, 2009

Dr. Michael Wara testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research

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On December 3rd, Dr. Michael Wara testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research about carbon offsets. Dr. Wara along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Chief Economist, the Congressional Budget Office's Assistant Director for Microeconomics Studies, and a panel of professors with expertise in agricultural and environmental economics, participated in the Committee's continued review on the costs and benefits of agriculture offsets.




September 17th, 2009

Michael Wara speaks at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

in the news

While the Treasury Department goes on the offensive against media reports of cap-and-trade costs, Michael Wara testified in a Senate hearing that the House climate bill would more than pay for itself.




August 19th, 2009

"Cash for clunkers" not cost effective for carbon dioxide emissions reduction

in the news: New York Times on August 14, 2009

PESD affiliated faculty Michael Wara's assessment of the popular "cash for clunkers" program is cited in The New York Times. While the government's cash payments for replacing old cars with more fuel efficient new ones may have value as an economic stimulus, Wara calculates that they are an expensive way to fight climate change, at an estimated $200-400 per ton of avoided carbon dioxide emissions.




May 11th, 2009

Michael Wara on lessons to be learned from the European cap and trade system

in the news: Green Inc., New York Times on May 8, 2009

Wara, a PESD faculty fellow, reckons that the offset market will have increased E.U. emissions in 2008. Read more »



November 13th, 2008

Wara and Victor quoted in Discover Magazine on CDM

in the news: Discover Magazine on December 1, 2008

Michael Wara and David Victor comment on the UN's Clean Development Mechanism's inability to prove that off-sets are working to reduce carbon emissions. Read more »




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News around the web

Going Green(er): Planning the Next Era of Environmental Regulation in India
Instilling increased environmental responsibility in industrial projects has no short cuts, according to Michael Wara, a law professor and research fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, who specializes in environmental law and policy.
October 21, 2010 in Knowledge@Wharton