How We Misjudge Costs and Benefits with Energy Efficiency

Imagine walking up to someone sitting in a Lexus and offering a $5-an-hour job flipping burgers. How many people do you think would accept? Probably none. Yet, I often see people waiting at Costco for half an hour to save 10 cents a gallon on gas. Even for the owner of an SUV with a […]

Solar Energy #1 by 2050?

According to the latest reports by the International Energy Agency, the sun could be the largest source of energy in the world. It would be larger than fossil fuels, wind, hydroelectric and nuclear. Solar photovoltaic systems could generate up to 16% and solar thermal electricity up to 11% of the world’s electricity. The rapid cost […]

Critical Minerals: Rare Earths and the U.S. Economy

Rare earths are 17 elements in the Earth’s crust used in a variety of applications, from hybrid cars and x-ray units to cell phones and wind turbines.¬†Unfortunately, the United States is largely dependent on China for these critical minerals,posing a serious threat to the American economy. Despite their name, rare earths (REs) are relatively abundant.¬† […]

Thorium’s Potential to Deliver Safer, Cleaner and Cheaper Energy

Nuclear energy promised to generate low-cost electricity safely, with fewer environmental and health problems from air and water pollution than fossil-fueled power plants. For a number of reasons, that promise has not been fulfilled. However, in addition to new designs for uranium-fueled reactors, efforts are underway in a number of countries to develop commercial nuclear […]

Google Quits ALEC Before Climate Summit

The executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, says that their support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was a mistake. This announcement comes just before the United Nations Climate Summit. Google has not altered in their support of ALEC in recent years. This sudden change comes as major U.S. companies are being pressured to […]

Rockefellers Buckle to Climate Change Summit

Just before the United Nation Summit on Climate Change that happened yesterday, the long-time Rockefeller Standard Oil family made a major announcement: On Monday, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced their divestment from the fossil fuel industry “in a move to pressure companies that are adding to climate change.” The amount of divested funds have reached […]

Free Market Approach to Preventing Air Service Monopolies

With the recent consolidations in the U.S. domestic airline industry, airlines’ record profits, and fights over legroom, customers can be forgiven for feeling less than compassionate towards the industry. However, it is important to understand how the airline industry is structured and how to increase competition. Back in 2008, the aviation industry was in free […]

Thousands March in Global Climate Change Rally

With newly appointed U.N. Messenger for Peace (climate change), Leonardo DiCaprio, and former Vice President Al Gore, tens of thousands marched in New York City and other cities around the world right before the United Nation’s Climate Summit. Chris Rock and Mark Ruffalo also joined the march that included a familiar message of the concern […]

Fighting Global Warming Will Cost $4 Trillion +

A new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate reports that fighting global warming will cost $4 trillion over 15 years. However, the report also says: Countries will spend an extra $90 trillion on infrastructure. Countries will enact policies to reduce their carbon footprints. Expanding each participating country’s infrastructure, halt deforestation, regulate […]

EPA NY Bridge Loan Rejection Leads to Setback

The Environmental Protection Agency rejected most of a $511 million loan that had been requested by Governor Andrew Cuomo to finance the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The original purpose of the loan was for “enhancing the environment.” However, it became clear that the entire amount of the loan would be used for […]