New Music Recommendation: The National-high Violet

Lynne Kiesling It’s been too long since we’ve done any decent music recs here at KP, and last Sunday’s release of The National’s new album High Violet is a good reason to do one now. I’ve heard a couple of songs from it, including “Bloodbuzz Ohio” that they are offering as a free download, and … More New Music Recommendation: The National-high Violet

Tim Harford Asks About Inclining Block Rates …

Lynne Kiesling … he just doesn’t realize it, or doesn’t know that it’s an established regulatory concept. Recently in his Undercover Economist blog, Tim Harford picked up on an idea floated by another FT columnist: … we need tariff schemes that encourage conservation. One option is “reverse pricing”, a simple framework that would increase the … More Tim Harford Asks About Inclining Block Rates …

Levitt and Becker on Health Care

Lynne Kiesling I noticed recently that Steve Levitt opined briefly on the health care bill in ways that are consistent with my earlier argument that unless Congress tackled the third-party payer problem head on they would be wasting our time and money. In his Freakonomics post, Levitt recommends Gary Becker’s analysis to us: In Becker’s … More Levitt and Becker on Health Care

Grid-connected Energy Storage Taking off

Michael Giberson Yesterday’s announcement by General Compression, Inc. and ConocoPhillips that the companies would cooperate in developing compressed air energy storage systems (CAES) in Texas is yet another indication that grid-connected energy storage is beginning to take-off. For more background on CAES see the recent article by Alexis Madrigal in WIRED, “Bottled wind could be … More Grid-connected Energy Storage Taking off

The Ethanol Industry Rises to Defend Itself

Lynne Kiesling We were in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend and early this week and, not surprisingly, the airwaves were full of news of a new ad campaign to rehabilitate ethanol and, in the words of one of the news stories we heard, “correct myths about ethanol”. So are they saying that it’s a myth … More The Ethanol Industry Rises to Defend Itself