As temperatures climb, utilities sell more electricity. We had a heat wave in Berkeley last month. I know, a high temperature of 88° Fahrenheit doesn’t sound very hot to most … Continue Reading Do Utilities Like Heat Waves?
A nice sounding slogan and empty policy goal. A reporter recently called me and asked me what I thought of the term “energy dominance”, which had been recently introduced … Continue Reading Energy Dominance
Extend effective programs to low income households, but scrap the bad ones for everyone. Energy programs for low-income households are on the chopping block. President Trump’s proposed federal budget would … Continue Reading Bringing Fairness to Energy Programs
It’s been blistering hot in the western U.S. Last week’s record-breaking temperatures had roads buckling, planes grounded, and electricity demand soaring. Temperatures in California last week: Source High temperatures drive … Continue Reading Building Codes Don’t Save Electricity… or Do They?
There are two fundamental, and fundamentally different, barriers to pricing greenhouse gases. The one economists tend to focus on is the economy-wide cost of reducing emissions: substituting to lower-carbon and … Continue Reading Creative Pie Slicing To Address Climate Policy Opposition
For every one to two jobs a non-miner dies each year. [This post is coauthored with Carolyn Fischer at RFF]. If you open the papers it seems like the current … Continue Reading Coal Mining: Jobs to Die For?
This Spring, Mexico City has been choking under some of its worst smog conditions in years. The problem is ozone. Pollution alerts for ozone have been issued repeatedly, triggering “double” … Continue Reading Stop Blaming Drivers for Mexico City’s Smog