On the economics of building back greener. With a high-stakes election on the horizon, the Democrats are working hard to shore up a winning policy platform. The Biden-Sanders Unity Task … Continue Reading Biden’s New Climate Plan
Lessons learned from our last go-round with energy efficiency stimulus spending. Last week it was reported that 1 in 4 American workers have filed for unemployment benefits during this pandemic. … Continue Reading The Search for Good Green Stimulus
Last week’s EPA decision adds insult to injury for our already vulnerable communities. Perhaps you missed it. There’s a lot going on right now. But amidst all the COVID-19 headlines … Continue Reading What Just Happened to the Mercury Rule?
Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions have increased during the Trump presidency. The EPA just released the latest greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. This is a massive report and public dataset … Continue Reading Is This a Trump Bump?
Carbon pricing around the world is demonstrating an important proof of concept Climate change policy (or the lack of it) is finally becoming a mainstream issue in U.S. politics. A … Continue Reading Would a Carbon Tax Hurt the Economy?
What happens when Californians take reliability investments into their own hands? (Today’s post is co-authored with Duncan Callaway) It’s easy to take your power supply for granted … until it’s … Continue Reading The Changing Economics of Electricity Supply Reliability
Regional market coordination delivers a win for climate change mitigation. There’s an important experiment underway in the Western United States as we inject more and more renewable energy into the … Continue Reading The Little Energy Market That Could
This emerging trend could spell trouble… Over the past weeks, we’ve been confronted with a sobering example of what can happen when enforcement of environmental regulations falls slack. Following a … Continue Reading What’s Up with the Downtrend in EPA Enforcement Effort?
Will we hamstring climate change mitigation to pay for adaptation? Our lush California spring has turned to a hot and dry summer. Fire season is upon us, and this has … Continue Reading What Wildfire Costs Will Depend on How We Pay
What would the Lorax say about today’s forest offsets? The race is on. Democratic presidential candidates are jockeying for position. And climate change is emerging as a top priority. Jay … Continue Reading Are Trees Getting Too Much Climate Credit…or Not Enough?
It has a face that only economists can love? We economists have long been enamored with carbon pricing. The concept is simple and sensible. If the economic damages from greenhouse … Continue Reading The Trouble with Carbon Pricing
This post is co-authored with Edward Rubin and Reed Walker. As the remote-sensing revolution fills our air-pollution blind spots, how should regulation respond? According to the Index of Objects Launched … Continue Reading Bringing Satellite Data Down To Earth
Adaptation costs will be big. How big depends on who’s paying… Fast-moving and exceptionally intense mega-fires have become the “new abnormal” here in California. These fires are out, for now. … Continue Reading Only Who Should Prevent Forest Fires?
The sensor revolution takes on air pollution. A few months ago, our family invested in our own air quality monitor. This little sensor has made invisible air pollution visible. And … Continue Reading My New Pollution Monitor: Gimmick or Game Changer?
Ignoring health benefits of air quality improvements costs everyone We’re all suffering from post-election exhaustion. As we slip back into business-as-usual, it’s tempting to pay less attention to the politics … Continue Reading Air Pollution Co-Benefits Matter
(This post is co-authored with Catherine Wolfram and Derek Wolfson, Energy Institute PhD student researcher) Microgrids are difficult to implement and can be undermined by promises of grid expansion. Nuclear … Continue Reading Are Solar Microgrids the Future in the Developing World?