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Alexander Hamilton's Solar Panels

by John H. Cochrane via The Grumpy Economist
Friday, May 18, 2018

I think I finally have figured out why California is mandating solar panels on top of houses.

In the News

Inconvenient And Unreported Weather Fact: We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling

quoting Thomas Sowellvia AEI
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Would it surprise you to learn the greatest global two-year cooling event of the last century just occurred? From February 2016 to February 2018 (the latest month available) global average temperatures dropped 0.56°C.

Analysis and Commentary

The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law

by Henry I. Millervia Science 2.0
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states has now finally voted to make the ban permanent. This was hardly a surprise. The vote followed shortly after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published their advisory opinion that neonics “represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees,” a finding that got banner headlines across Europe and the U.S.

In the News

Let's Talk About Net Present Value And Solar Panels

quoting John H. Cochrane via Bloomberg
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Without understanding it, you’ll never know if putting solar panels on your roof (or buying a share of stock) is a good deal or not.

Intellections

Green As Can Be: RPS vs LCPS – A Better Way To Reduce Carbon Emissions

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Low Carbon Portfolio Standards are a more effective and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions because they expand the options utilities have to purchase low carbon electricity.
Intellections

Energy Efficiency: Our Best Source Of Clean Energy

by James L. Sweeneyvia PolicyEd.org
Friday, April 21, 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.

Just The Fracts

Top 5 Reasons Fracking Regulations Are Whack

by Terry Anderson, Carson Brunovia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The current approach to mitigating hydraulic fracturing’s risks is top-down, command-and-control government regulation. But this system is highly inefficient and ineffective at balancing the risks and rewards of fracturing. Why? Regulation imposes costs on consumers, typically benefits special interests, limits competition, and shields bad actors from liability. Meanwhile, property rights and water markets can better mitigate the risks, while also promoting the benefits.

Just The Fracts

Swipe Right: Seeking Fracturing Policy Alternatives

by Terry Anderson, Carson Brunovia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Requiring hydraulic fracturing operators to tag their fracturing fluids with tracers helps enforce the property rights of others who may be harmed. This, in turn, enables more use of insurance, surety bonding, self-regulation, and third-party verification/certification to reduce and protect against the real but rare risks of fracturing. Property rights hold producers accountable and take advantage of fracturing benefits.

Just The Fracts

Getting The Fracts Straight

by Terry Anderson, Carson Brunovia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

All forms of energy production have their risks, but scientific research suggests that hydraulic fracturing’s risks of water use, water contamination, or induced seismic activity from improper fluid disposal are rare, overblown, or easily mitigated. Like other energy productions, we have to weigh the risks and rewards. Estimates suggest fracturing will create almost 4 million jobs and pump almost $500 billion in the U.S.’s economy by 2035.

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Office Hours: Terry Anderson On Free Market Environmentalism

by Terry Andersonvia Policyed.org
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Anderson responds to your questions on free market environmentalism.

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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.