News Category: Commentary

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...

Failing to address climate change threatens national security

April 26, 2018

U.S. policymakers have a constitutional mandate to address climate change to ensure national security...

Summer demand for power could test Texas electric grid

April 26, 2018

This summer could present a stiff test for the Texas electric grid, but early indicators suggest we will get by...

Expansion of tax credits for carbon capture & sequestration could spur development of coal-fired power plants

March 29, 2018

A little-known provision of the recently enacted federal budget bill extends and expands tax credits for capturing CO2, which could trigger investment in new coal-fired power plants...

Slow down on using Blockchain for clean energy trades

March 29, 2018

In an op-ed published by Columbia University Law School’s Climate Law Blog, UT Prof. David Spence urges caution in evaluating the use of blockchain...

New Federal Budget Puts Price on Carbon

March 9, 2018

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

While the world is on the verge of an automotive revolution, Trump looks in the rear view mirror

Feb. 27, 2018

The global automotive industry is undergoing a revolution by integrating advances in electric vehicles with artificial intelligence and communications technology...