The history of air: Nick Gillespie on Joseph Priestley

Lynne Kiesling Nick Gillespie’s review in Reason makes me even more eager to read Steven Johnson’s new book, The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America. The main protagonist of this work is Joseph Priestley, one of the foundational chemists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries: … More The history of air: Nick Gillespie on Joseph Priestley

What fixed vs. flexible retail power rates in Texas tell us about wind power in the ERCOT market

In parts of north Texas, electric retailers in effect are willing to pay consumers a little bit in exchange for the retailer taking on price risk. Crazy, right? No, it isn’t crazy, it is wind power. … More What fixed vs. flexible retail power rates in Texas tell us about wind power in the ERCOT market

Cass Sunstein, OIRA, and nudging

Lynne Kiesling On Thursday President-elect Obama named law professor Cass Sunstein to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an executive-branch office with the mission of analyzing and coordinating federal regulation. Most recently, Sunstein is known for his work with Richard Thaler on “choice architecture” and behavioral public policy, including their book Nudge. Others … More Cass Sunstein, OIRA, and nudging