Non-traffic causes of traffic congestion

Michael Giberson Is this an unpriced external effect of shooting off fireworks on July 4? July 5 tends to have an unusual number of animal-related traffic problems, as pets, spooked by the fireworks on the previous day, have a greater propensity to wander onto freeways. From Eric Morris at the Freakonomicsblog, “Road Blocks: The Strange … More Non-traffic causes of traffic congestion

Michael Webber’s “Energy at the Movies”

Michael Giberson Michael Webber, mechanical engineer and Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, provides a look at society’s changing relationship to energy as revealed in movies (and the occasional TV clip) in “Energy at the Movies.” At just over an hour and forty … More Michael Webber’s “Energy at the Movies”

Abnormal stock market returns for Members of the House of Representatives

Michael Giberson A few years ago we mentioned a study, “Abnormal Returns from the Common Stock Investments of the U.S. Senate,” finding that U.S. Senators as a group outperformed the market in their stock holdings. The researchers are back now with a similar examination of the U.S. House of Representatives, titled, simply enough, “Abnormal Returns … More Abnormal stock market returns for Members of the House of Representatives

Future of Lubbock’s power supply efforts heads to court, with Lubbock citizens paying lawyers on both sides of case

Michael Giberson In January I mentioned that a municipal utility agency created as a kind-of public-private partnership between the West Texas Municipal Power Agency and Republic Power Partners was taking off in an unexpected direction and leaving more than a few locals wondering what was going on. In brief, High Plains Diversified Energy Corporation, the … More Future of Lubbock’s power supply efforts heads to court, with Lubbock citizens paying lawyers on both sides of case

Massachusetts wants $22.5 million in tax breaks back from Evergreen Solar, company in dire financial condition

Michael Giberson Politicians show up, grinning for the cameras at groundbreaking, they come applauding the expansion announcement (and why not, public tax breaks and other policy support for solar power manufacturers were chief among the reasons the plants were built in the first place), but where are the toothy smiles of supporting public officials when … More Massachusetts wants $22.5 million in tax breaks back from Evergreen Solar, company in dire financial condition