New paper shows that electricity generators exercise significant market power when temperatures rise! Mr. Burns is a beloved character on the Simpsons. While most humans think of him as the … Continue Reading It’s Gettin’ Hot, So I’m Gonna Raise Prices!
A new policy proposal uses bad science to undermine the Social Cost of Carbon. The most important number in environmental economics that most people have never heard of is called … Continue Reading Whose Climate Damages Should Count?
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.