Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category


May 9th, 2012

Ok, not my most compelling title.  But this refers to a 30% tax credit to help boost the domestic manufacturing of clean energy equipment.  I saw it in action as part of the Recovery Act and it helped a lot.  Now it’s back on the President’s “to-do list” for Congress and I’m here to shed… Read more


April 30th, 2012

I accuse TV news of asymmetry! When gas prices were rising in March, I couldn’t turn around without being asked to explain why we shouldn’t blame the President for higher gas prices (answers: a) oil is a global commodity with prices set on world markets, b) unlike OPEC, we don’t control enough supply to make… Read more

Two from This AM’s Paper

April 18th, 2012

Is the Buffett Rule Supposed to Solve Everything? Ruth Marcus in the WaPo raises the first argument I’ve heard against the Buffett rule that maybe makes a little sense, though I’m not sure (she labels the rule “irrelevant”).  Her concern is: If the Buffett Rule were magically to pass, raising taxes on millionaires alone risks… Read more


April 4th, 2012

OK, this is a little bit silly.  Clearly, whoever wrote this little gotcha piece on something I said today about employment in clean energy isn’t spending enough time up here at OTE, where a couple of weeks ago, I posted this, based on new numbers from a BLS study: …the number of jobs producing clean energy… Read more

Gas Notes

April 2nd, 2012

Been meaning to get back to gas prices a bit, just based on a few recent articles and adventures in cable land. First, there’s this Adam Davidson piece in the NYT magazine this weekend on how high prices at the pump don’t seem to be changing people’s behavior much, because, he suspects, the average household… Read more