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Analysis and Commentary

Bringing Gadhafi’s Money to Rebels Recalls Bringing Saddam’s Money to Iraqis

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Sunday, May 8, 2011

The plan to use Moammar Gadhafi’s frozen assets to fund the Libyan rebels faces legal obstacles according to this weekend’s Wall Street Journal story "Obstacles Loom on Path To Funding Libyans"...

Analysis and Commentary

Yes, the Earth Will Have Ample Resources for 10 Billion People

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, May 8, 2011

World population grew by almost 300% during the twentieth century; over the same time period, world per capita incomes grew by about 400%...

Analysis and Commentary

New Study Questions Justification For Quantitative Easing

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Proponents of Quantitative Easing frequently cite—inappropriately in my view—the Taylor Rule as support, saying that the rule calls for a federal funds rate as low as minus 6 percent, well below the zero bound...

Analysis and Commentary

How to (and not to) Help Poor Families in Developing Countries Cope with Rising Food Prices

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Food prices are on the move once again as the world economy recovers from the financial crisis...

Analysis and Commentary

Why a Lack of Transparency in the Administration’s Budget II is a Problem

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Friday, April 15, 2011

A transparent budget proposal—such as the Administration’s first 2012 Budget presented by President Obama on February 14 or the House Budget presented by Paul Ryan on April 6—contains year-by-year tables showing the proposed path for government outlays over time...

book cover image for Corn Ethanol: Who Pays? Who Benefits? by Ken Glozer

Corn Ethanol: Who Pays? Who Benefits?

by Ken G. Glozervia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, April 11, 2011

In this book, Ken Glozer presents the history, the promises, and the truth about federal corn ethanol policy. The book is based on an in-depth, fact-based evaluation each major claims made by the advocates of the policy.

Analysis and Commentary

The Flexible Fuel Answer to OPEC

by James Woolsey, Anne Korinvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It costs an extra $100 to enable a car to run on biofuels or natural gas. Washington should mandate the tweak...

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Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the Twenty-first Century

by Burton Richtervia Books by Hoover Fellows
Friday, April 1, 2011

Burton Richter is a Nobel Prize–winning scientist who has served on many US and international review committees on climate change and energy issues.

In the News

Group That Beat Back Proposition 23 Is Reborn

with George P. Shultzvia Green (New York Times)
Friday, March 25, 2011
Analysis and Commentary

Straightjackets and “We Rule” Shirts

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Sunday, March 20, 2011

David Wessel writes about the "straitjacket" of a one-size-fits-all monetary policy in his Wall Street Journal column this week...


Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow
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
Tad and Dianne Taube Director | Senior Fellow
Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
Senior Fellow
W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Emeritus
Senior Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics

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.