The transition to new air conditioning refrigerants will involve difficult tradeoffs. Air conditioning (AC) has transformed life in hot and humid countries including the US, Japan and Korea. Over 85 … Continue Reading Weighing Consumer Safety versus Climate Action
A GHG tax alone doesn’t solve the global need for low-cost alternative technologies Economists seldom discuss climate change without someone opining that it is simply an externality that can be … Continue Reading Pricing Carbon Isn’t Enough
New evidence shows millennials are not so different after all. Starting around 2012 there was a lot of discussion about millennials being different. “Why Don’t Young Americans Buy Cars?” asked … Continue Reading Millennials Grab the Wheel and Step on the Gas
Adaptation costs will be big. How big depends on who’s paying… Fast-moving and exceptionally intense mega-fires have become the “new abnormal” here in California. These fires are out, for now. … Continue Reading Only Who Should Prevent Forest Fires?
Wildfire devastation mandates rethinking how electricity providers should be organized With pathbreaking policies in renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles, California has been on the leading edge of climate … Continue Reading Stabilizing Utilities in an Unstable Climate
The economics of the emerging platform I’ve heard a lot about the Green New Deal since the midterm elections. And, it’s not just me – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshwoman Representative … Continue Reading What’s the Deal with the Green New Deal?
Today EVs are driven much less than other cars, which has big implications for the environment. Where in the country you drive an electric vehicle matters a lot for the … Continue Reading All Charged Up, No Place to Go