News Category: Commentary

The state of the US solar industry: 5 questions answered

Feb. 14, 2018

Five answers to the state of the solar industry in light of Trump’s imposition on solar panels from abroad.

How China is Reinventing its Energy Economy

Feb. 14, 2018

China’s thirst for energy is rising. But to save its cities from suffocating pollution, leaders are looking to carbon-free energy sources and electric vehicles.

While the World is on the Verge of an Automotive Revolution, Trump is Looking in the Rear View Mirror

Feb. 5, 2018

The global automotive industry is undergoing a revolution by marrying electric vehicles with artificial intelligence and communications technology, and China is poised to reap the benefits...

A Lack of Systematic Thinking Keeps America from Staying Great

Jan. 26, 2018

Our economic system operates within intellectual, social, and physical constraints. Each of these constraints can feedback to affect the others...

Offshore Drilling: Whither State Influence?

Jan. 12, 2018

The Trump Administration recently announced its intention to consider opening large swaths of the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf coasts for oil and gas production.

Perry Says NOPR; FERC Says Nope (To Propping Up Coal)

Jan. 8, 2018

Today FERC unanimously terminated the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing that had been submitted to the commission by the secretary of energy...

The obscure federal agency that soon could raise your electric bill: 5 questions answered on FERC

Dec. 5, 2017

Energy scholar Joshua Rhodes explains what FERC is and why it has so much power over energy markets and (indirectly) the prices consumers pay.

Coal Belt to Sun Belt?

Nov. 29, 2017

The state’s biggest electricity generator, Luminant, recently announced the closing of three coal-fired power plants in Texas, but out of the coal ashes could rise a phoenix.

Stanford Scientist Sues Critics Of His 100% Green Energy Dogma

Nov. 20, 2017

A passionate critic of nuclear energy, Stanford Prof. Mark Jacobson has pulled the nuclear option in trying to use the legal system to defend a controversial paper...

Try As They Might, The Federal Government Can’t Save Texas Coal

Nov. 20, 2017

Vistra Energy recently announced that its Dallas-based subsidiary, Luminant, would be closing two large coal-fired power plants in Texas...