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Cutting The Fat Tail Of Climate Risk: Carbon Backstop Technologies As A Climate Insurance Policy

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, May 20, 2019

A variety of promising technologies that might be considered “carbon backstops” are now emerging. Such technologies would be impactful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, scalable, and available for rapid deployment—but too expensive to justify broad deployment today. 

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Keeping the Lights on at America's Nuclear Power Plants

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jeremy Carl and David Fedor discuss American nuclear power plant closures in light of major economic and policy challenges. They show how cheap natural gas, electricity market flaws, and a failure to capture the public imagination threaten America’s near- and long-term nuclear viability.


Increased Efficiency: Our Best Source Of Clean Energy

by James L. Sweeneyvia
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Increases in energy efficiency are an often-forgotten component of our shift to clean energy and reduced carbon emissions. Higher prices triggered by the 1973 oil embargo caused America to drastically change how it used energy. The ensuing gains in efficiency had more of an impact on America’s energy consumption than all of the growth in solar, wind, geothermal, natural gas and nuclear energy combined.

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Energy Efficiency: Still Low-hanging Fruit

by James L. Sweeneyvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

There are still plenty of ways we can use energy more efficiently. Simple changes would produce large effects. 

Analysis and Commentary

What President Trump’s Energy And Climate Executive Order Does — And Doesn’t Do

by Jeremy Carlvia National Review
Friday, March 31, 2017

Trump’s order was a first step in scaling back the Obama administration’s regulatory overreach.


Integrate Western Power Grid To Reduce Emissions, Energy Costs

by James L. Sweeneyvia Sacramento Bee
Friday, March 3, 2017

California has built up an excess of electricity-generation capacity in the years following the crisis of 2000-01, the Los Angeles Times recently reported. Some have sought to justify this as insurance against more shortages and blackouts.


A Conservative Answer To Climate Change

by George P. Shultz, James Baker IIIvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Enacting a carbon tax would free up private firms to find the most efficient ways to cut emissions.

George Shultz: North American Energy Policy Perspectives

by George P. Shultz
Thursday, January 26, 2017

A conversation on North American energy policy with Stanford University's George Shultz, a Hoover Institution distinguished fellow, and Arun Majumdar, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy. Shultz served in the cabinet of three U.S. presidents as Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of Labor. Majumdar, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, is the founding director of ARPA-E in the U.S. Department of Energy.


Cheap, Clean And Easily Accessible? An Energy Resource Any U.S. President Could Love

by James L. Sweeneyvia The Hill
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Energy efficiency, though not the most exciting topic in these political times, has been and will continue to be fundamental to three things President-elect Donald Trump has promised to improve – economic growth, trade deficits, and national security – and one thing about which he promised to keep an open mind – climate change.


All Aboard The Infrastructure Boondoggle

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 31, 2016

Whoever wins on Nov. 8, a flood of public-works money is coming. Cost-benefit tests are crucial.


Wohlford Family Senior Fellow
Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Paul H. Bauer Senior Fellow
Visiting Fellow
Senior Fellow, Emeritus
Tad and Dianne Taube Director | Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy
Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
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W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Emeritus
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George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics
In the News

MIT-Stanford Energy Game Changers Symposium

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "MIT-Stanford Energy Game Changers Symposium" on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 8:45am - 1:00pm EST.

In the News

Is There Deal Space For Carbon Pricing In 2017?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Is There Deal Space For Carbon Pricing In 2017?" on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm EST.

In the News

California Energy Collaboration Symposium

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The California Energy Commission and the Department of the Navy met at Stanford University's Hoover Institution on October 12th to formalize a partnership to help Navy and Marine Corps installations in the state transition to renewable energy alternatives to meet California and the U.S. Department of Defense climate and energy goals.

Analysis and Commentary

Hoover Institution Releases Essay Series On Reinventing Nuclear Power

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Hoover Institution today released an essay series by the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy that lays out a thought-provoking approach to reinventing nuclear power.

Press Releases
Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Carbon Price, Opportunities For Innovation (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Webinar hosted by the MIT Climate CoLab's carbon price contest

The webinar is free and open to the public, and provides an opportunity to learn about the current challenges and opportunities in successfully implementing a price on carbon in the United States.

Game Changers: Energy on the Move

Introducing Game Changers, a joint Hoover-MIT book on energy innovation

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative recently released Game Changed: Energy on the Move, a new book edited by Hoover distinguished fellow George Shultz and Director of the MIT Energy Initiative Robert C. Armstrong on the historic and current innovations on energy.

Game Changers: Energy on the Move

Game Changers Explores a Cheaper, Cleaner, and More Secure National Energy System

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Hoover Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) released the product of a multiyear collaboration:  Game Changers: Energy on the Move.

Press Releases
Energy Task Force Meeting

Meeting of Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy

Friday, September 20, 2013

On September 20, the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy met to discuss technological and policy evolution in the rapidly-evolving transportation fuel sector.


Shultz speaks at 2013 Stanford-MIT Game-Changers Workshop

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and the Hoover Institution have been working for the past two years on identifying game-changing energy technologies to boost America’s long-term economic growth and address serious energy challenges, including climate change and today’s global energy enterprises. They gathered in Washington, DC, on Thursday, March 7, 2013, for the Game-Changers Workshop.

Hoover fellow Sidney Drell with President Obama at the White House ceremony.

President Obama presents National Medal of Science to Sidney Drell

Sunday, February 3, 2013

President Barack Obama named twelve scientists, including Sidney Drell, Hoover senior fellow and member of the Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, as winners of the National Medal of Science. Established by the 86th Congress in 1959, the award is given to those individuals “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences.” In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences. President Obama presented Drell with the award at a White House ceremony on Friday, February 1, 2013.



The Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.


As a result of volatile and rising energy prices and increasing global concern about climate change, two related and compelling issues—threats to national security and adverse effects of energy usage on global climate—have emerged as key adjuncts to America’s energy policy; the task force will explore these subjects in detail. The task force’s goals are to gather comprehensive information on current scientific and technological developments, survey the contingent policy actions, and offer a range of prescriptive policies to address our varied energy challenges. The task force will focus on public policy at all levels, from individual to global. It will then recommend policy initiatives, large and small, that can be undertaken to the advantage of both private enterprises and governments acting individually and in concert.