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Diesel Duplicity

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018
In the name of climate change, European policy makers “nudged” millions of drivers into diesel-powered cars, swapping hypothetical hazards for very real harm.
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Searching for Higher Ground

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

The market, not regulations, will teach us how to manage rising seas and temperatures.

In the News

Gas-Tax Repeal Advocates Seek Recall Of California AG

quoting Bill Whalenvia Idaho Statesman
Monday, October 29, 2018

A conservative San Diego radio host who is a driving force behind an initiative to repeal recent gas tax increases said Monday he'll seek to recall California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra if the measure fails.

In the News

Niall Ferguson Talks Networks At Schwab Impact Conference

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Seeking Alpha
Monday, October 29, 2018

The idea that everything would be awesome if we're all "connected" - the mantra of Silicon Valley for 30 years - is deeply flawed, says Niall Ferguson, adding he's been unable to persuade his Palo Alto neighbors of that idea.

Analysis and Commentary

Michael Munger On Sharing, Transaction Costs, And Tomorrow 3.0

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, October 29, 2018

Economist and author Michael Munger of Duke University talks about his book, Tomorrow 3.0, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Munger analyzes the rise of companies like Uber and AirBnB as an example of how technology lowers transactions costs. Users and providers can find each other more easily through their smartphones, increasing opportunity. Munger expects these costs to fall elsewhere and predicts an expansion of the sharing economy to a wide array of items in our daily lives.

Analysis and Commentary

New York's Continuing Vendetta Against Exxon Mobil

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Friday, October 26, 2018

A foolish and expensive law suit should be brought to a quick end On October 24, 2018, Barbara Underwood, the Attorney General of New York (NYAG) filed a 91 page complaint against Exxon Mobil Corporation, which in the words of the New York Times headline demonstrated that “New York Sues Exxon Mobil, Saying It Deceived Shareholders of Climate Change.” The elaboration inside the article contained allegations by the prosecutors that Exxon “essentially kept two sets of books when accounting for the effects of climate change” which makes it appear as though the NYAG’s is a cut and dried case of financial fraud for illicit corporate advantage. 

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Water Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

California is a drought-prone state. Since 1960, the population of California has more than doubled. This suggests that the problem is that population growth in the state has made it difficult to supply enough water to accommodate the larger population. Although true to some extent, this is a minor cause of our water difficulties.

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Electricity Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Frank A. Wolakvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Californians like to think of themselves as environmentally conscious and forward-thinking. The state’s energy and environmental policies reflect these sentiments. With the passage of SB 100, California has one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals for its electricity supply industry. The California Solar Initiative rebate program has led to more rooftop solar capacity in the state than the total rooftop solar capacity installed in the next eight highest-capacity states.

In the News

In The News: YouTube Is Investing $20M In Educational Content, Creators

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, October 25, 2018

YouTube announced this week that it would making funds available to creators of educational content in order to increase the amount of content available, Julia Alexander reports in The Verge.


Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Environmental Law Without Property Rights."


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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.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.