Even my favorite colleagues can’t agree. When you listen to conversations between energy economists about pretty much anything, it often feels like an episode of Debbie Downer. We find something … Continue Reading How Local Should Your Energy Retailer Be?
Why Californians are getting gouged at the plug. The summer driving season is underway. We’re hearing a lot about the high cost of gasoline, nationally and in California. In relative … Continue Reading The Cost of Filling Up the Tank with Electricity
Progressive fines for traffic violations may make economic sense. I cross a busy intersection on one of my regular jogging routes. I have been nearly run over numerous times by … Continue Reading Should Rich People Pay Higher Speeding Tickets?
California is embarking on a serious carbon weight loss plan. The graph below tracks ambitious GHG emissions reduction targets through 2050 and our progress to date: Source: EIA Annual emissions … Continue Reading Are California’s Global Carbon Emissions Declining?
What the Solar Rooftop Standard has to tell us about our climate policies. If you follow this blog, you are probably already aware that last Wednesday, the California Energy Commission, … Continue Reading Lessons in Regulatory Hubris
Can reducing your carbon footprint make any difference when you’re carbon capped? My friend is fixing up her kitchen on a budget. She’s a think-global-act-local type. She’s concerned about climate … Continue Reading Carbon Markets, Waterbeds, and You
Pricing carbon will help drive R&D, but the market will still be bumpy. Virtually all economists agree that one of the biggest selling points for pricing greenhouse gases (GHGs) – … Continue Reading Cap-and-Trade and Innovation