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NewsMarch 15, 2022

LBJ faculty, students present research on environment and energy, COVID and learning, equity, reproductive health at APPAM

Professors and students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will lead conversations and present research across an array of policy areas at APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Austin March 27–29.

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NewsJuly 14, 2021

A federal tax credit could incentivize (and accelerate) the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

A current federal tax credit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by storing carbon dioxide from industrial sources could be critical to help the U.S. reach end of decade carbon neutrality targets while yielding economic benefits, particularly on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin published today in Energy Policy.

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NewsJune 18, 2021

Sheila Olmstead, Andrew Waxman, Ben Leibowicz lead team awarded $850,000 to study the economics of carbon capture and storage

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a team led by LBJ School Professor of Public Affairs Sheila Olmstead a $850,000 grant to study the economics of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The three-year project is a unique collaboration between social science scholars at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wyoming, supported by physical science experts at UT's Bureau of Economic Geology. It will not only develop and complete four projects on the economics of CCUS, but will also create an interdisciplinary research network to engage further study.

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NewsApril 2, 2021

April 2: Faculty Research, Policy Engagement and News

10 features from the week  Patrick Bixler spoke to the Associated Press about philanthropic gifts and scientific discovery after former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, gave $150 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for research in biology and AI. 

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Media MentionJanuary 19, 2021

It's time for electric vehicles to pay their share for Texas highways

A bill before the Legislature proposes an annual fee on electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Media MentionJanuary 15, 2021

Opinion: Fee for electric, hybrid vehicles is good for Texas roads

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Ken King of Hemphill, will help to recoup infrastructure costs from hybrid and electric vehicle drivers who currently pay little or no gas taxes.

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Media MentionOctober 27, 2020

Hill Country showdown: Wendy Davis, Chip Roy in a congressional horse race

Republican Roy has decried “hysteria” about climate-change concerns and declined to accept the scientific consensus about human causation. Democrat Davis says climate change is an existential threat requiring strong action. A transition from fossil fuels to renewable-energy sources will cause economic pain for an oil-and-gas state like Texas, but will be unavoidable, says Andrew Waxman, assistant professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

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Media MentionJanuary 15, 2020

Gulf Coast oil and gas expansion will generate half a billion annual tons of emissions in U.S.: report

More than half a billion tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions per year — equivalent to 8 percent of total U.S. emissions — may be generated by new oil, gas and petrochemical facilities in Texas and Louisiana, University of Texas researchers estimate.

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NewsJanuary 14, 2020

Oil and gas boom, industrial growth could mean significant new climate emissions, study finds

New research from The University of Texas at Austin finds industrial buildout in oil, gas and petrochemical sectors in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Southwest regions could generate more than half a billion tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2030. That figure is equivalent to 8 percent of total current annual U.S. emissions. These emissions are driven by the regions’ oil and gas boom, and a substantial fraction comes from large industrial facilities such as new petrochemical plants, liquefied natural gas export terminals and refineries. The vast majority of these emissions will come from Texas and Louisiana.

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Media MentionJanuary 14, 2020

Cheap natural gas could add 500 million tons to U.S. emissions

“The big insight here is that the change in the price of natural gas changes the incentives to invest in some types of downstream infrastructure,” Andrew Waxman, assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin and lead author of the latest study, said in an interview. “Having taken apart the IPCC model, [petrochemical buildout] is not explicitly built into their modeling,” he said, referring to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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