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In the News

Congress Should Put a Price on Carbon Pollution

with George P. Shultz, Gary S. Beckervia San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

More than 700 companies that drive the U.S. economy - including Microsoft, Owens Corning, General Motors, the Portland Trail Blazers and candymaker Mars - have signed a declaration calling for national action on climate change. According to a new report by the environmental data company CDP, more than two dozen of the nation's leading corporations are planning for the future with the expectation that carbon emissions fees will be one of the steps the federal government will take to address climate change. The goals of carbon pricing include curbing our fossil fuel use...

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A Mission Gone Wrong

with George P. Shultz, Edwin Meese IIIvia New Yorker
Monday, January 6, 2014

Overseas, the U.S. approach to drugs still looks a lot like war. The D.E.A., assisted by the U.S. military, acts as an international police force, coordinating with foreign militaries through a network of offshore bases. Operation Anvil, like many of its predecessors, combined the legal framework of a police action with the hardware and the rhetoric of war. Honduras is often referred to as “downrange”; drug traffickers are “the enemy”; the Mosquito Coast is a “battlespace.”

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The Invisible Man: Bill Burns and The Secret Iran Talks

with Henry A. Kissinger, Condoleezza Ricevia Reuters
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The night before a round of high-stakes nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama told his chief of staff he had absolute confidence we have the right team on the field.Obama

Analysis and Commentary

Catching Up on Some Hot Debates Over Monetary Policy

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A blog by John B. Taylor

In the News

Liberal Billionaire Steyer Expanding his Political Reach

with George P. Shultzvia NewsMax
Monday, December 23, 2013

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is broadening his efforts to influence elections nationwide.

Analysis and Commentary

The Consequences of Abandoning China’s One Child Policy

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, December 22, 2013

Welcome to the new Becker-Posner Blog, maintained by the University of Chicago Law School.

Gateway to India in Mumbai
Analysis and Commentary

India Overreacts to Diplomat's Arrest

by Jeremy Carlvia CNN
Friday, December 20, 2013

Jeremy Carl says Indian officials should not have taken retaliatory measures against the U.S. for a legitimate investigation of potential labor abuse

Analysis and Commentary

Clarifying Some Key Taylor Rule Calculations

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Friday, December 20, 2013

A blog by John B. Taylor

In the News

The Fed Isn’t Working to Rule

with John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Federal Reserve officials have to be relieved at how well markets took their decision to start tapering. But the challenge of keeping markets calm is by no means over.

In the News

Credit The Fracking Revolution For Mexico’s Oil Reforms That Make North America The World’s Energy Superpower

with Michael J. Boskinvia Investor's Business Daily
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mexico has passed its biggest energy reform since 1938, opening its state oil industry to foreign investment. This makes North America the world’s energy superpower. Credit the fracking revolution.


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
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.