News Category: Commentary

Tariff on foreign solar modules likely won’t slow down growth in U.S. installations

Feb. 27, 2018

The Trump Administration’s recent imposition of tariffs on foreign-manufactured solar modules could dampen growth of the U.S. solar industry...

The need for systematic thinking

Feb. 27, 2018

The U.S. economy changes and adapts to circumstances, physical constraints, and rules that we have created through an assortment of individual and collective decisions...

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...

To drive or not to drive, that is the question

Dec. 18, 2017

Two UT researchers have developed a sophisticated economic model and online calculator to help consumers decide if it makes more sense to own a personal vehicle or use ridesharing services...

Improving women’s lives through energy: what Rick Perry got right and wrong

Dec. 18, 2017

Access to energy can help promote women’s rights and improve their lives, particularly in developing nations, write Sheril Kirshenbaum and Prof. Michael Webber in a new op-ed...