A problem with market-based approaches to emission reductions

Michael Giberson Market-based approaches to regulating emissions are the new conventional wisdom, according to Robert Stavins, and it would be hard to disagree. Among proponents of regulating greenhouse gasses in the United States, the big debate is over which of two market-based approaches to regulating emissions should be pursued: emission tax or cap-and-trade. Is anyone … More A problem with market-based approaches to emission reductions

A solar panel, a jug of wine and thou

Michael Giberson From RenewableEnergyWorld, an news release from solar developer Conergy: Going Green Reaches Economic Tipping Point at Wine and Shine 2009 Solar Energy Experts Conergy and Three Renowned California Vintners Showcase How Today’s Clean, Renewable Solar Energy Solutions Can Reap Millions In Cash Rebates, Tax Incentives and Energy Savings PASO ROBLES, CA – April … More A solar panel, a jug of wine and thou

Pirates paying for music

Michael Giberson Freakonomics links to a post at Gizmodo which cites a recent study out of Norway that says people who download free music are 10x more likely to pay for music than people who don’t. Gizmodo is relying on Google translations from the Norwegian, which can be a little rough around the betalingsvilje, if … More Pirates paying for music

Lubbock Cycling Chic

Michael Giberson Tomorrow is the annual “Lowrider/Dream bike” parade on the Texas Tech University campus. The event is part of program in which TTU art students and science and engineering students mentor middle schoolers who assemble and customize a bicycle. There are a lot of very sound pedagogical reasons to think that such hands-on activities … More Lubbock Cycling Chic

Connecticut Attorney General proposes new state energy agency to combat incentives for economic efficiency

Michael Giberson In economic theory, in lab experiments, in practice – pretty much generally speaking – it is well established in economics that a uniform clearing price auction works better than a pay-as-bid auction in cases such as the spot markets for power operated by the NYISO and ISO-New England (and every similar market in … More Connecticut Attorney General proposes new state energy agency to combat incentives for economic efficiency