Environmental groups are standing in the way of Washington State becoming a climate leader. I used to live in Washington state. I’m no longer registered to vote there, but if … Continue Reading Why Aren’t Environmentalists Supporting a Carbon Tax in WA State?
Many people thought U.S. gasoline consumption had already peaked. They were wrong. August was the biggest month ever for U.S. gasoline consumption. Americans used a staggering 9.7 million barrels per … Continue Reading Addicted to Oil: U.S. Gasoline Consumption is Higher than Ever
How bad is the outlook for U.S. coal? Very bad. This is the worst year in decades for U.S. coal. During the first six months of 2016, U.S. coal production … Continue Reading King Coal is Dethroned in the U.S.
For the first time in decades, Mexican drivers now have a choice when buying gasoline. Gasoline stations in Mexico have all been exactly the same for decades. PEMEX, the state-owned … Continue Reading Move Over PEMEX
Energy-efficient air conditioners save electricity during the most valuable hours of the year. (Today’s post is co-authored with Judson Boomhower, who recently received his Ph.D. at Berkeley where he was … Continue Reading Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver at the Right Time?
With gasoline prices averaging $2 per gallon, automakers are pushing back hard on U.S. fuel economy standards. Last year was the biggest year ever for the U.S. auto industry with … Continue Reading Automakers Complain, but CAFE Loopholes Make Standards Easier to Meet
Ambitious new IMF research quantifies energy externalities for 156 countries. Last month Meredith wrote about coal being too cheap and Max wrote about gasoline being too cheap. But what is … Continue Reading Getting Energy Prices Right
A brief economic primer on how U.S. fuel economy standards work. New vehicles sold in the United States have long been subject to a set of fuel economy regulations known … Continue Reading New CAFE Standards: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Unless you keep them up until March, it probably doesn’t make sense to replace your holiday lights with LEDs. We bought them more than a decade ago. Several sets of … Continue Reading Don’t Be a Grinch When It Comes to Holiday Lights
A historic opportunity for Saudi Arabia and other countries to eliminate energy subsidies. Low crude oil prices are making the impossible possible. Back in August, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) … Continue Reading Historic Opportunity to Reduce Global Fuel Subsidies
Income tax credits for solar panels and electric cars go overwhelmingly to high-income households. Over the last decade, U.S. households have received more than $18 billion in federal income tax … Continue Reading Are Clean Energy Tax Credits Equitable?
The residential solar market in California is highly competitive with hundreds of active companies. (Today’s post is co-authored with Alex Chun, who just received his MBA at Haas and is … Continue Reading A Deeper Look into the Fragmented Residential Solar Market
Rising global incomes will drive increased global adoption of air conditioning. Sales of air conditioners have exploded worldwide over the last few years, driven by middle-income countries where households and … Continue Reading Air Conditioning and Global Energy Demand
Early-stage cleantech grants very effective, according to new research. Last Friday was our 20th Annual POWER Conference. Thanks to all who attended and an especially large thanks to the conference … Continue Reading How Should We Design Government Policies to Stimulate Innovation?
U.S. gasoline and diesel taxes should be much higher to reflect externalities. On January 1st, California’s cap-and-trade program was expanded to include gasoline and diesel. Allowance prices are currently $12.58/ton … Continue Reading Raise the Gas Tax
New research shows greater accountability for oil producers improves environmental outcomes. U.S. crude oil production has reached almost 9 million barrels per day, driven by enormous production increases in the … Continue Reading Goin’ for Broke in Texas