Archive for April, 2009

 

Cash for Clunkers – A win-win?

Recently, the concept of providing trade-in vouchers for older cars that consumers can use only if they purchase new, more fuel-efficient vehicles has gained currency.  These "cash-for-clunkers" proposals--two in the House of R...

New AEO shows promise of smart policy, need for further action

If you haven’t already, spend some time reviewing the Energy Information Administration’s recently updated Annual Energy Outlook 2009. The revised modeling runs incorporate the effects of the current recession as well as the e...

An Important Moment – The Emerging Energy Policy Consensus

The costs of scaling alternative renewables and the related complexities of climate change legislation are obstructing efforts to pass a comprehensive energy measure through Congress this year.  In the words of the April 27th Pol...

Weekly Political Roundup — Time Goes By, Things Become Less Clear

At the end of this week, the prospects for various energy and climate proposals on Capitol Hill seem, if anything, less clear than they were seven days ago.   First comes what may be indications that cap and trade may not be a ...

Rolling the dice on renewables

Perhaps it's fitting that as a Nevada lawyer, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff is willing to gamble that the U.S. won't need new baseload power generation from nuclear or coal ("We may not need any, ever," reported Greenwire http://...

CZMA versus LNG – Another one bites the dust

Whether a debate in Congress this year over policies regarding offshore natural gas and oil exploration and production is ultimately effective  at increasing our energy security may depend on whether amendments to a little-n...

Is it different this time?

  Conventional wisdom can be dangerous. As humans, we are constantly seeking explanations to changes in our environment. But the fact that everybody “knows” something is occasionally simply indicative of the fact that a ...

Oil shocks and recession: consider ourselves warned

Further confirming that the 2007-08 oil shock was a trigger, catalyst or multiplier for the U.S. recession is the work of UC San Diego Professor James Hamilton, reported in this morning's Financial Times and found on the web at ...
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