Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Credibility, ambition, and discretion in long-term U.S. energy policy targets from 1973 to 2011

This paper reviews the effectiveness, duration, and ambition of 63 U.S. energy policy initiatives with targets longer than years. The authors find targets were met 64 to 77 percent of the time; median duration to target was 12 years; and median rate of change was 2 percent per year.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2013-007
  • Author(s): Gregory F. Nemet, Peter Braden, Edward Cubero, and Bickey Rimal