A new paper shows a convincing causal link between local air pollution and the incidence of dementia. Those of us old enough to remember credible analysis underlying serious attempts at … Continue Reading The Mental Cost of Air Pollution
Even my favorite colleagues can’t agree. When you listen to conversations between energy economists about pretty much anything, it often feels like an episode of Debbie Downer. We find something … Continue Reading How Local Should Your Energy Retailer Be?
Are we now trying to kill coal by banning trade? This has been an eventful week on and off the court (Go Warriors!). The executive branch of the government is … Continue Reading Energy Trade Wars
Does a program to subsidize used electric vehicles make sense? I was recently informed that my electricity will no longer come from PG&E, but from a community choice aggregator (CCA) … Continue Reading Rebates for Electric Clunkers?
A nuanced look at politicians’ favorite policy tool. Everyone likes a puppy. You get a puppy you’re immediately in love. You never want to get rid of it. Puppies also … Continue Reading Subsidies and Puppies.
It depends on whether it’s winter and whether you’re poor. Coauthored with Ed Rubin. There are many ways to scramble an egg. Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsey and Alice Waters all … Continue Reading How Much Do Residential Consumers Respond to the Price of Natural Gas?
Because electricity is not priced optimally, we all pay for excessive Bitcoin mining. (This post is coauthored with Catherine Wolfram) You may be reading this blog post in your dorm … Continue Reading Bitcoins Should Be Called BTUcoins, and That’s a Problem