In one of the best commencement speeches ever, the Australian composer, lyricist, and comedian, Tim Minchin told students at University of Western Australia, “We must think critically and not just … Continue Reading Making Policy in an Uncertain World
A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory highlights the enormous potential growth for air conditioning in India. Globally, 2017 will likely end up one of the three hottest years … Continue Reading Cooling India
As temperatures climb, utilities sell more electricity. We had a heat wave in Berkeley last month. I know, a high temperature of 88° Fahrenheit doesn’t sound very hot to most … Continue Reading Do Utilities Like Heat Waves?
A nice sounding slogan and empty policy goal. A reporter recently called me and asked me what I thought of the term “energy dominance”, which had been recently introduced … Continue Reading Energy Dominance
Extend effective programs to low income households, but scrap the bad ones for everyone. Energy programs for low-income households are on the chopping block. President Trump’s proposed federal budget would … Continue Reading Bringing Fairness to Energy Programs
It’s been blistering hot in the western U.S. Last week’s record-breaking temperatures had roads buckling, planes grounded, and electricity demand soaring. Temperatures in California last week: Source High temperatures drive … Continue Reading Building Codes Don’t Save Electricity… or Do They?
There are two fundamental, and fundamentally different, barriers to pricing greenhouse gases. The one economists tend to focus on is the economy-wide cost of reducing emissions: substituting to lower-carbon and … Continue Reading Creative Pie Slicing To Address Climate Policy Opposition