Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

The Green, Clean Economy

July 13th, 2011

 What do you think of when you hear the words “green economy?” Ask that question to 10 different people and you’ll get 12 different answers.  Which is why I was very happy to see this insightful, new analysis from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.  I’ve always been supportive of this stuff, but have fretted… Read more

Filling Up In Nebraska: A Conspiracy Theory

July 4th, 2011

I took the picture below when I was filling up the tank earlier today in Nebraska.  Weird, right? The higher octane gas (“Plus”) costs $0.15 less per gallon than the regular.  I thought it was a mistake in the signage, but no.  Along with higher octane, the “plus” contained 10% ethanol—the regular was corn-free. Still,… Read more

Ideas From Aspen, Part 2

July 1st, 2011

Just back from an interesting panel on manufacturing where we had a good talk about the role of government in the sector.  I again stressed the economic rationale for government’s role in overcoming barriers that no single firm could overcome, like R&D, coordination across place and sectors, access to credit for unproven innovative initiatives, and… Read more