Though imperfect, Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards have made US cars go farther on a gallon of gas. Customers line up to buy gasoline in San Jose, California, on March … Continue Reading Does CAFE Work?
Transportation agencies need to be prepared before inviting private investment in infrastructure. Last month President Trump released his plan to “rebuild our Nation’s crumbling infrastructure.” While it is not uncommon … Continue Reading Lessons from Utilities for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
Moving to a foreign country has a way of spurring experiments with lifestyle change. Our family has temporarily relocated to Switzerland where my kids have happily adjusted to the Swiss … Continue Reading The Sharing Economy is Learning How to Ride a Bike
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
Externalities from shipping crude by rail are still disproportionally larger than those from pipeline transport. My twitter feed exploded late last week. And no, I am not talking about the … Continue Reading The Keystone Pipeline’s XL-ish Spill
UPDATE: The day after I posted this blog, I learned that the tax structure problem that I noted here was actually largely corrected by the same legislation (SB1) that introduced … Continue Reading California’s Real Gasoline “Tax” Problems
Would Autonomous Electric Vehicles Eliminate Transportation Externalities? After one of the many fun and inspiring lunch conversations here at the Energy Institute, I realized that my thoughts on the economic … Continue Reading The Economics of an Electrified Autonomous Future