Renewable Energy and Technological Change

This three-article series on TechCentralStation (first article second article third article) connects the science behind renewables and technological change in energy to policy issues, much along the lines of my earlier post. And Sallie Baliunas is one of the most insightful and articulate physicists I’ve ever met (and my husband is a physicist, so that’s … More Renewable Energy and Technological ChangeMore Renewable Energy and Technological Change

Why Doesn’t the Recording Industry Get This?

When Napster was active and we were all downloading songs like fiends, recording industry revenues and record sales went up. This Wired story from June reports on a recently released study indicating these results: The Ipsos-Reid study found that 81 percent of music downloaders reported that their CD purchasing either remained the same or increased. … More Why Doesn’t the Recording Industry Get This?More Why Doesn’t the Recording Industry Get This?

Optimism and the Future of Energy

Arnold Kling suggested that I explore the fuel cell future in more detail. I intend to delve further into the economics of such technological change, but for now, here’s a compilation of several articles on fuel cell research and how close they are to economic viability. Most current analysts predict about 20 years. This October … More Optimism and the Future of EnergyMore Optimism and the Future of Energy

Why Doesn’t the Fcc Just Establish Spectrum Property Rights?

This story is not a tale of a successful privatization program, but is instead a cautionary tale of how regulation has created a worse outcome than privatization could. Technological innovation is enabling us to use the radio spectrum more intensively than before. This innovation is placing pressure on regulation and property rights issues in the … More Why Doesn’t the Fcc Just Establish Spectrum Property Rights?More Why Doesn’t the Fcc Just Establish Spectrum Property Rights?