Propping up domestic coal demand is an expensive snooze button. The decline in U.S. coal-fired electricity generation is a good news/bad news story, depending on your perspective. The good news … Continue Reading The Decline of Coal: Break the Fall or Soften the Blow?
(Today’s post is co-authored with Veronica Irastorza, who is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and former Undersecretary of Energy in Mexico. Veronica is Associate Director at NERA … Continue Reading Are Mexican Renewables Really this Cheap?
Fat margins in rail shipping are likely to partially absorb a price on carbon. Discussions of U.S. coal policy generally focus on coal mining or coal burning, but hardly ever … Continue Reading The Cushion in Coal Markets that Will Make it Harder to Kill
Externalities from shipping crude by rail are still disproportionally larger than those from pipeline transport. My twitter feed exploded late last week. And no, I am not talking about the … Continue Reading The Keystone Pipeline’s XL-ish Spill
A recent working paper shows that insights from behavioral economics help explain consumers’ choices in a demand response program. Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics last month, making … Continue Reading Another Victory for the Behavioral Economists
The Trump administration’s social cost of carbon is misguided. The unraveling of federal environmental protection under the Trump administration is well underway. Over the past several months we’ve seen moves … Continue Reading What Climate Change Policy Puts America First?
UPDATE: The day after I posted this blog, I learned that the tax structure problem that I noted here was actually largely corrected by the same legislation (SB1) that introduced … Continue Reading California’s Real Gasoline “Tax” Problems