One of the many perks of being a professor is that we get to choose where we spend our summers. I often take my family to the home of soccer, … Continue Reading Diesel me this, Diesel me that.
Happy earth day everyone! I briefly contemplated a doom and gloom post about the state of the global climate and lack of regulation. But let’s focus on what does work, … Continue Reading Nest(ing)
Economists love prices. In fact, when we want people to reduce their consumption of something, we argue we should make that thing more expensive. This is usually done via a … Continue Reading Knowledge is (Less) Power.
Modeling the future emissions of global carbon is big business (albeit on an academic scale). There are dozens of groups with their more or less black box models, which if … Continue Reading Carbon vs. Energy Intensity
On Saturday another wildly unsuccessful round of climate negotiations concluded with applying a band aid to solve the rapidly accelerating climate problem. The 1997 Kyoto accord was extended to 2020. … Continue Reading Doha Schmoha
Since my dissertation writing days I have been interested in forecasts of China’s greenhouse gas emissions. I am clearly not the only person interested in this topic, yet we environmental/energy … Continue Reading Cooling China And Then Some.
The natural gas fracking debate has given rise to another interesting issue. On the one hand we like the cheap natural gas. The switch to natural gas for producing power … Continue Reading N(Fracking)IMBY
Alberta’s tar sands—or, as pitchmen prefer to call them, oil sands—are to transportation as cow dung is to cooking: a dirty way to reach a goal. Cleaner alternatives, like LPG … Continue Reading Don’t Hate the Pipeline: Hate the Fuel—Or Better Yet, Tax It.
I have a fantasy. I want a cool looking electric car, that gets 50+mpg and is not outrageously more expensive to buy and operate than a VW Golf when driven 12,000 miles … Continue Reading Marginal vs. Average Generation: The Case of the Electric Car
At the Energy Institute lunch table, we talk about energy efficiency almost daily. If you buy that 12 mpg SUV you better have a good reason for it. This is … Continue Reading The Lunch Table: Peer Pressured into Efficiency