An editorial in the Wall Street Journal today on the proposed fuel cell subsidies (subscription required) cuts right to the heart of the matter: But politics aside, this is bad public policy. Hydrogen fuel cells are an encouraging field of research. So encouraging, in fact, that the finest minds in the private sector — auto … More More On Fuel Cell Research Subsidies … More More On Fuel Cell Research Subsidies
Reason Public Policy Institute has published an article by Pierre Desrochers, of the Montreal Economic Institute, examining how creating institutions, rather than mandates, will increase sustainable reuse of industrial by-products.
In Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Bush proposed increasing federal subsidies to hydrogen fuel cell research. His administration had made similar recommendations in its national energy policy proposal in May 2001, to supplement the existing energy technology research subsidies. Such technology subsidies, particularly to get renewable energy technologies to the point where they … More Hydrogen Fuel Cell Subsidies
After Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, everyone’s in a tizzy about the prospects for increased funding of hydrogen fuel cell research for vehicles. See, for example, this Financial Times article discussing the increase in price in platinum markets yesterday. Platinum is currently the best catalyst for making hydrogen fuel, which is also one reason … More Hydrogen Fuel Cells … More Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Richard Epstein’s Financial Times article on Wednesday lays out some problems that arise when you try to change the regulatory approach in a network industry in which technological change happens. He’s discussing telecom and the “deregulation” in the 1996 legislation, but as Keith at Liberty Lover points out, Epstein’s analysis has important insights for electricity … More Richard Epstein On Regulatory Transition … More Richard Epstein On Regulatory Transition
CMS Energy won’t issue dividends in 2003 in an attempt to improve its liquidity, American Electric Power declared a 4th quarter loss and will cut jobs and investment, and these developments led other utility stocks lower this morning. This is the continuing fallout from the collapse of the energy trading sector of the industry, and … More Losses Continue In The Electricity Industry … More Losses Continue In The Electricity Industry
One of the most important dynamics in market processes is how high prices induce suppliers to either enter the market or, if they’re already in the market, to invest in expanding their production capacity to capture the profits available due to higher prices. In the current environment with high and volatile oil prices, you’d expect … More A Rough Measure Of Increased Prices Inducing Entry … More A Rough Measure Of Increased Prices Inducing Entry
I’ve got a review of Joel Mokyr’s The Gifts of Athena on Tech Central Station today. Read the review, read the book. … More Athena’s Gift
Is the strike almost over? Is Chavez going to prevail? Apparently Chavez has fired 3,000 oil company (PDVSa) executives, but Chavez opponents are meeting with officials from other Latin American countries and the US to see if they can persuade an international coalition to work on their behalf. The resumption of tanker shipments this week … More Venezuela Resolution? … More Venezuela Resolution?
BRRRRR chilly! It’s a good day to work at home, swaddled in polarfleece and homemade alpaca socks. Bonne Marie Burns at ChicKnits certainly knows how to approach a Chicago cold spell. For her the tough wear mohair, for me the tough wear alpaca (and high-tech soft goods made of Gore windstopper fleece). And drink lots … More It’s Cold out There!