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The Future of Driving

by George P. Shultz, Robert C. Armstrongvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the next decade, prepare to see driverless cars, electric vehicles, and other high-tech innovations on the roadways. 

California's Electricity Policy Future: Beyond 2020

by Jeremy Carl, Dian Grueneichvia Analysis
Thursday, July 3, 2014

California has embarked upon an unprecedented effort to transform its electricity system. Whatever the specific challenges that the state may face in doing so between now and 2050 or even 2030, policymakers will be better equipped to address them with...

Game Changers: Energy on the Move
In the News

Game Changers In Energy Making Moves At Stanford, MIT

quoting George P. Shultzvia Forbes.com
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

At the country’s leading universities, thousands of new ideas are being explored and developed, so it’s difficult for anyone to determine which ones are truly the next game changers. But in a new book, Game Changers: Energy on the Move, Director of MIT Energy Initiative Robert Armstrong and Stanford’s Hoover Institute Distinguished Fellow George Shultz have used their expertise to identify transforming innovations in the energy sector.

In the News

Rethinking the Keystone Pipeline

quoting George P. Shultzvia The New Yorker
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One of the recurring arguments in favor of Keystone XL—the hard-fought “bullet pipeline” that would create a direct link between the Alberta oil sands and the Gulf of Mexico—is that its defeat won’t keep oil in the ground or keep carbon out of the atmosphere. 

Game Changers: Energy on the Move

Game Changers: Energy on the Move

by George P. Shultz, Robert C. Armstrongvia Hoover Press
Monday, June 16, 2014

The United States needs reliable and inexpensive energy to propel our economy and protect our national security interests.

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Interviews

George Shultz: In Search of Assertiveness and Common Ground

interview with George P. Shultzvia Stanford Daily
Thursday, May 29, 2014

This is a transcript of an interview with George Shultz, the U.S. Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. This interview is part of The Daily’s “Ideas of an International Order” series, running from April 27-30, 2014, which explores the potential for evolving and contrasting concepts of an international system in the 21st century, and what America can or should do in response.

Green Energy

For California's AB 32: Cap-and-Trade-and-Cash Back, Not Cap-and-Trade-and-Tax

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Analysis
Friday, February 7, 2014

The desire to protect the environment is a hallmark of the state and extends across the political spectrum. And given the environmental risk posed by global climate change, efforts to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and act as a model for jurisdictions elsewhere have now become a major part of California’s energy policy agenda.

More Simplicity, Less Charisma: Improving the Effectiveness, Cost, and Fairness of California's Climate Agenda

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Analysis
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

California needs to embrace the right regulatory tools for the right environmental problems if it is to accomplish its stated goals to both cost effectively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and act as a policy model for others.

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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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.