The U.S. cannot afford four more years of pandering to coal. Never has climate change felt so real as waking up two weeks ago to orange skies, darkened by the … Continue Reading Time to Vote Out Coal
Environmental damages from U.S. power plants are down $100+ billion annually since 2010. Remember 2010? It was not so long ago. Obama was President. The iPhone 4 was introduced. The … Continue Reading U.S. Power Plant Emissions Down 45% Since 2010
An inventor, fracking, history and the future. If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that we rotate Mondays. And, if you’ve been following it for … Continue Reading 2018 Energy Books
Setting prices too low is a climate problem, but so is setting prices too high. We didn’t hear much about electricity pricing at last week’s Global Climate Action Summit in … Continue Reading The Electricity Price Isn’t Right
Are we now trying to kill coal by banning trade? This has been an eventful week on and off the court (Go Warriors!). The executive branch of the government is … Continue Reading Energy Trade Wars
A nuanced look at politicians’ favorite policy tool. Everyone likes a puppy. You get a puppy you’re immediately in love. You never want to get rid of it. Puppies also … Continue Reading Subsidies and Puppies.
Governments should use markets and infrastructure to achieve their phase-out targets. I recently spent a week with executives from Electricite de France (EDF). That meant I heard a lot about … Continue Reading Killing Nuclear and Coal the European Way
Propping up domestic coal demand is an expensive snooze button. The decline in U.S. coal-fired electricity generation is a good news/bad news story, depending on your perspective. The good news … Continue Reading The Decline of Coal: Break the Fall or Soften the Blow?
Fat margins in rail shipping are likely to partially absorb a price on carbon. Discussions of U.S. coal policy generally focus on coal mining or coal burning, but hardly ever … Continue Reading The Cushion in Coal Markets that Will Make it Harder to Kill
Proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear reverses 20 years of regulatory restructuring. The EPA’s recent moves to euthanize the Clean Power Plan (CPP) have generated a lot of news. However, … Continue Reading To Save Coal, Will Trump Kill Electricity Competition?
(this post is coauthored with the great Meredith Fowlie and appeared in a much toned down version on The Conversation) Economics humbly suggests addressing all externalities from coal combustion. The … Continue Reading Bacon Has Vitamins Too: Why Rick Perry Failed Econ 101 – Again.
A 1974 American Electric Power advertisement claim rings hollow today. There was a lot of breaking news during the summer of 1974. Watergate was in full swing, culminating in President … Continue Reading An Unlikely 1970s-Era Environmentalist
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
For every one to two jobs a non-miner dies each year. [This post is coauthored with Carolyn Fischer at RFF]. If you open the papers it seems like the current … Continue Reading Coal Mining: Jobs to Die For?
Green energy jobs are welcome, but not much help for displaced coal miners. The renewable energy industry and its proponents regularly draw attention to the industry’s job creation potential. For example, the American … Continue Reading Benefiting from Green Jobs
Despite recent challenges, Chile remains an attractive market for grid-scale solar. With the U.S. Federal government pulling back sharply from efforts to address global warming, I’ve found myself looking outside … Continue Reading Four Reasons Why Chile Is the Biggest Solar Market in Latin America