On August 6, a fire tore through Chevron’s Richmond refinery. The Richmond refinery is located in Northern California, a few miles outside of San Francisco, and is the third largest … Continue Reading California Prices at the Pump
The natural gas fracking debate has given rise to another interesting issue. On the one hand we like the cheap natural gas. The switch to natural gas for producing power … Continue Reading N(Fracking)IMBY
Scale economies and spillovers provide economic rationale for Federal regulation of oil and gas drilling. Last week Mitt Romney released a new energy plan (available here). The plan includes a … Continue Reading Optimal Federalism
The renewable energy industry has many cultural roots. One branch that pops up in a recent NY Times Magazine article on the Solar Industry is that of the energy rebel sticking it … Continue Reading Is Residential Solar Sticking it to the Man (your utility)?
The massive electricity outage in India several weeks ago reminded me of a striking graph I saw recently. I have a soft spot in my heart for graphs. A picture … Continue Reading Air Conditioning and Energy Demand in India
For the past few years, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been claiming that U.S. production of corn ethanol has had massive benefits for consumers by lowering the cost of … Continue Reading Moving the Energy Debate Away From Nonsense
For many people in the U.S., the summer of 2012 will be memorable for the unusually high and persistent heat. No one likes the heat, right? Not so fast: What … Continue Reading The Dog Days of Summer