Some people dream of winning the lottery. Other people dream of getting triple sevens at a slot machine in Vegas. Empirical economists, on the other hand, dream of hitting a … Continue Reading Rallying Around the U.S. Energy Information Administration
Sometime later this week the owners of the Seaway pipeline will announce that they’ve completed the first stage of reversing the flow of oil on the line and have started … Continue Reading The Midwest Oil Glut Hasn’t Lowered Gas Prices; Ending the Glut Won’t Raise Them
Amidst all the political noise on speculation in oil futures markets, some serious researchers have written useful blogposts and op-eds pointing out the lack of evidence that speculation is a … Continue Reading Speculation is not the cause of high oil prices
Supporters of energy-efficiency policies argue that they are a “win-win”, helping to reduce energy expenditures while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other negative externalities from energy use. This much … Continue Reading Free Lunch?
Southern Nevada, where I vacationed recently during my kids’ spring break, provides a stroll (actually, 75 MPH drive) through U.S. electric power generation history. First, there’s Hoover Dam, the nearly … Continue Reading The Lunch Table: More than Just Casinos in Southern Nevada
I have a fantasy. I want a cool looking electric car, that gets 50+mpg and is not outrageously more expensive to buy and operate than a VW Golf when driven 12,000 miles … Continue Reading Marginal vs. Average Generation: The Case of the Electric Car
At the Energy Institute lunch table, we talk about energy efficiency almost daily. If you buy that 12 mpg SUV you better have a good reason for it. This is … Continue Reading The Lunch Table: Peer Pressured into Efficiency