A bland photo of solar panels in China has hidden meanings.
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The efficiency of solar panels can still increase a lot.
The British approval of the costly Hinkley nuclear power station still faces major obstacles in Brussels.
Sandia works on a solar power tower that heats falling sand.
In the September 2013 issue of the Journal of Economic Literature, Siqi Zheng and I have a new paper titled “Understanding China’s Urban Pollution Dynamics”. Our paper’s abstract is presented below the fold. This paper lays out the broad plan for our 2014 University of Chicago Press book tentatively titled; “Blue Skies […]
Sunday’s New York Times features a story by Shaila Dewan asking, “Is Suburban Sprawl on the Way Back?” Answer: not really, although highly compact urban development is hardly going to dominate, either. The best quote from the whole piece comes from Smart Growth America President Geoff Anderson, who correctly observed, The market isn’t all for smart growth, […]
Lots of debate in Blogistan and elsewhere about President Obama’s apparent desire to appoint Larry Summers as Fed Chair. We know (or at least we think we know) that he is brilliant, but he has a strange tendency to get matters of judgment wrong. He supported the abolition of Glass-Steagall, endorsed deregulation of the financial […]
The NY Times tells a story about a “green death spiral” for the subset of electric utilities who pay solar households retail rates per unit of power the solar households sell back to the grid. The utilities are concerned that as more households sign up for solar panels and generate their own power and then […]
A 50% cut in lead removal funds? Pure evil.