U.S. Energy Consumption is Down

Michael Giberson In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jim Fuquay reports that energy consumption is down sharply: Less gasoline. Less jet fuel. Less crude oil. Less natural gas. Less electricity. At the end of 2008, Americans were getting downright stingy with their energy use. Between wildly volatile energy prices and a deepening recession, Americans are curtailing … More U.S. Energy Consumption is Down

Tunecore and Musician Payment

Lynne Kiesling In the ever-evolving (despite the efforts of RIAA) music industry, I find TuneCore very interesting. They have a fee-based music distribution system, under which an artist pays a fee and can have their single sold through iTunes, Rhapsody, etc. One of TuneCore’s most striking offerings is a flat $10 fee to distribute a … More Tunecore and Musician Payment

Update: The Forthcoming Dramatic Fall of Reported Oil Reserves

The Securities and Exchange Commission has revised reporting requirements in order to reduce the effects of price volatility on reserves reported. … More Update: The Forthcoming Dramatic Fall of Reported Oil Reserves

Would Someone Please Check the Price of Bread in Connecticut? Another Zone Pricing Post

Michael Giberson Would someone please check current prices for bread in the towns of Greenwich, Port Chester, and Stamford, Connecticut? A December 23 story in the Greenwich Time notes the arrival, finally, of gasoline prices below $2/gallon in Greenwich, “after weeks of being surrounded by less-than-$2 in gas in municipalities such as Stamford and Port … More Would Someone Please Check the Price of Bread in Connecticut? Another Zone Pricing Post

“Congress Didn’t Intend to Create Suvs”

“Ironically, it was the fuel economy standards adopted by Congress in 1975 that set the stage for the later surge of gas-guzzlingSUVs and light trucks.” … More “Congress Didn’t Intend to Create Suvs”

Couple of “Food Miles” Items

Lynne Kiesling One topic that has gotten some attention in 2008 is “food miles”, or the estimate of the environmental impact of the total resource use and transportation required to get food from grower to consumer. One argument for eating more locally-produced food is that it reduces the transportation impact; however, in making that argument … More Couple of “Food Miles” Items

The Blagojevich Saga: the Psychology of Power, and Rent-seeking

Lynne Kiesling Two items have kept my attention over the holidays with respect to the Blagojevich fiasco. First, back when the story first broke, our local NPR station interviewed my colleague Adam Galinsky on the psychology of power. Adam’s research is fascinating, and in this interview he communicates very effectively how positions of power affect … More The Blagojevich Saga: the Psychology of Power, and Rent-seeking

Hints About the Value of Smart Grid Technologies

Michael Giberson Via the New York Time‘s Green, Inc. blog, a story from a community newspaper in Massachusetts describing adaptations to the loss of power during the recent snow and ice storms that covered the area. In one case a man pressed his Prius into service as an emergency generator, a feature likely to become … More Hints About the Value of Smart Grid Technologies

Merry Christmas, in Oleds!

Lynne Kiesling GE has been making lots of research progress on OLEDs, and they are celebrating the holiday season with a green OLED roll Christmas tree! Sure, it’s a little dorky, but imagine how these low-energy-per-lumen lights can transform our lighting, and our energy use to provide valuable lighting functions and services. Merry happy to … More Merry Christmas, in Oleds!

Easy to Rig Bls Auction

What really matters in auction design is often a matter of getting the simple things right … More Easy to Rig Bls Auction