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Global Gas Guzzlers

Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about global fuel subsidies. The most extreme example is Venezuela, where gasoline costs only 6 cents per gallon.  That’s not a typo. The price in Venezuela is less than 1/50th of what … Continue reading

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Bad Incentives For Green Choices

Sure, I’d like to see a tax on gasoline that reflects its greenhouse gases emissions.  If we can’t or won’t do that, then maybe subsidies for electric vehicles can imperfectly address some of the same goals.  If not that, how … Continue reading

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A Step in the Right Direction for Indonesia

Indonesia has been in the news this week for taking an important step in the right direction with energy pricing. Prior to last week, Indonesia had some of the lowest gasoline and diesel prices in the world. In the data … Continue reading

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The California Solar Initiative is ending. What has it left behind?

Nearly all the money has been spent, and the California Solar Initiative is winding down.  The direct CSI subsidy for installing PV panels on your house, which started at $2.50 per watt (of installed peak capacity) is now just $0.20 … Continue reading

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Price at the Pump Worldwide

This figure plots gasoline prices for 44 countries. These are domestic consumer prices including all relevant taxes and come from a survey administered November 2012. I have excluded countries with fewer than 25 million people, but if you would like to see the complete list it is … Continue reading

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Are Fossil Fuel Subsidies Really the Problem for Renewables?

I had a great time last Friday at Berkeley’s Annual Energy Symposium put on by the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative.  Interesting people, interesting talks, and great to catch up with former students who are now working in all parts … Continue reading

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