Publications

Policy Briefs

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan

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The Bredesen Center has uncovered inconsistencies in the Clean Power Plan and its application to existing power plants. The identified inconsistencies have been shown to have negative implications on existing facilities. The Bredesen Center urges the Environmental Protection Agency to correct these inconsistencies and instead apply technology-neutral regulations on carbon emissions to all states in order to allow industry to employ a free market approach.

US Leadership in a Post 9/11 World

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In his latest policy brief, Professor Brandon Prins and PhD candidate Allan Wilford explore how foreign policy has changed and developed under the Obama administration. While Obama is ideologically different from George W. Bush, many of his policies have continued to play a role in current international relations.

Transitioning to Electric Vehicles

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David L. Greene, Sangsoo Park, and Changzheng Liu discuss the logistics and implications of utilizing electric cars and the effects of technological and market uncertainties on the likelihood of a successful transition and its benefits and costs.

The New Barbary Wars

This Policy Brief surveys the history of maritime piracy, explain the drivers of its recent resurgence as a global security threat, evaluate the success of recent antipiracy measures, and suggest some policy tools that may be more effective at curtailing the lure of such brigandry.”

Analyzing the Transition to Electric Drive in California

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This report describes an effort to model the transition to electric drive vehicles in California, including measuring the costs and benefits, quantifying the transition barriers and network external benefits, and estimating the effects of public policies on the transition process.

Should the Federal Government Sell TVA? by Dr. Mary English

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On April 10, 2013, President Barak Obama released his proposed FY 2014 budget. In the budget’s chapter on “Creating a 21st Century Government,” under the heading “Reform TVA,” there is a one paragraph discussion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. It concludes with this statement: “Given TVA’s debt constraints and the impact to the Federal deficit of its increasing capital expenditures, the Administration intends to undertake a strategic review of options for addressing TVA’s financial situation, including the possible divestiture of TVA, in part or as a whole.” this policy brief mainly summarizes factors that should be taken into account in that review. The brief begins with background information. It ends with a list of key points relevant to the prospective decision about TVA.