News Category: Commentary

Let’s get real about the myths surrounding “100% renewable” energy

Aug. 13, 2018

Georgetown, TX has received a lot of attention in the media and elsewhere for its decision a few years ago to contract for 100% renewable electricity...

How Trump's trade wars could inadvertently benefit the environment

June 26, 2018

When it comes to the economy, President Trump's "America First" mantra has meant renegotiating existing trade treaties and imposing tariffs

Pot, Solar Power and Taxi Drivers: Energy Security Austin-styled

June 11, 2018

One experience in Austin, Texas revealed to me that energy security means different things to different people...

My ‘All of the Above’ Energy Vacation

June 4, 2018

Each year I teach an energy law short course at UC-Santa Barbara, and this year my wife and I drove to California from Austin by way of national parks in Utah...

How clean coal could make a tidy profit from tax credits

May 30, 2018

Energy Institute Research Associate Josh Rhodes examines the recent extension / expansion of a tax credit for carbon capture...

New Federal Budget Puts Price on Carbon

March 9, 2018

Republicans have agreed to put a price on carbon, at least temporarily...

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...