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Analysis and Commentary

Obama: Stop Me Before I Regulate Again

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, August 5, 2016

After decades of talk, we finally began to wean ourselves off foreign oil. We doubled our production of clean energy.

Analysis and Commentary

A Carbon Tax Is Not A Price

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, August 4, 2016

But carbon already has a price, or, more exactly, multiple prices. Natural gas has a price; oil has a price; coal has a price. And their prices are related to the valuable carbon component of those fuels because it's carbon that makes those fuels valuable. Just as there's no such thing as a free lunch, carbon is not free.

Analysis and Commentary

California Isn’t Any Better At Reducing CO2 Emissions Than The Rest Of The U.S.

by Carson Brunovia Fox and Hounds Daily (CA)
Friday, December 4, 2015

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change currently being held in Paris seemingly has everyone focused on this issue. 

Energy Efficiency by James Sweeney
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Hoover Institution Energy Efficiency Reports Big Benefits From Americans’ Wiser Use Of Energy

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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The Hoover Institution Press, in conjunction with the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, released Energy Efficiency: Building a Clean, Secure Economy, by James Sweeney, which shows how the United States has quietly but steadily learned to use energy far more efficiently virtually everywhere.

Press Releases
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An Economic And Security Policy Blueprint For America

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A timely new policy book, Blueprint for America, edited by George P. Shultz, is being released today online for the first time. The release coincides with the start of platform writing by Republicans this week and Democrats the following week, and then by national political conventions and the general Presidential campaign. 

In the News

Our Renewable Future

quoting George P. Shultz, William J. Perryvia Huffington Post
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Are we greens resigned to repeating a sad litany of the Arctic melting, wildfires raging, weather getting weird, of tipping points, new expressions of denial, and all the rest of it? Or are there any models of enormous beneficial changes at the last minute?

Analysis and Commentary

Is The Limit On Nuclear Liability A Subsidy?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, June 27, 2016

My fellow UCLA grad and former Council of Economic Advisers senior economist colleague applies Ronald Coase-type thinking to limits on liability for nuclear power plants.

Analysis and Commentary

Renewable Or Reliable Energy? Why Not Both?

by Commander David Slaytonvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, June 24, 2016

If you ask a resident of New York or New Jersey what they expect from their utility grid, you'll hear phrases like "reliability," "resilience" and "protection from long-lasting blackouts."

Analysis and Commentary

Transport Innovation

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Saturday, June 25, 2016

I saw this in the parking lot of the hotel where I'm staying. Inspection: yes, it's the chassis of an early 1970s VW, with motor and transmission in place. The motor appears functional. It's connected to the gas cans. Yet, this is a trailer. Why? (Hint: it's parked next to a new Toyota CRV electric car.)

Analysis and Commentary

Tracking Global Carbon Revenues: A Survey Of Carbon Taxes Versus Cap-And-Trade In The Real World

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Science Direct
Monday, May 23, 2016

We investigate the current use of public revenues which are generated through both carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems. More than $28.3 billion in government “carbon revenues” are currently collected each year in 40 countries and another 16 states or provinces around the world.

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The 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.