This year, it will drain over $3 billion from the pockets of Californians. We need to find out why. I have written before on this blog about the mystery surcharge, … Continue Reading Trying to Unpack California’s Mystery Gasoline Surcharge
Could California’s ambitious zero carbon electricity policy make it harder to cut greenhouse gasses overall? Sometimes two ideas that seem joined at the hip end up butting heads. A couple … Continue Reading 100% of What?
(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?
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
Setting prices too low is a climate problem, but so is setting prices too high. We didn’t hear much about electricity pricing at last week’s Global Climate Action Summit in … Continue Reading The Electricity Price Isn’t Right
A funny thing happened on the way to repealing fuel economy standards—program benefits went up. As the summer winds down and the school year reboots, I’m trying to finish up … Continue Reading Rebound’s Role in Trump’s Fuel Economy Rollback
(Today’s post is co-authored by Catherine Hausman, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and Ph.D. graduate of UC Berkeley.) New Energy Institute study finds that U.S. oil and … Continue Reading Are Oil and Gas Executives Overpaid?