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Something is better than nothing -- but how much better?

Cap-and-trade is dead. But it looks like a renewable energy standard of some sort has a chance of passage. As energy economists Robert Stavins and Dick Schmalensee observe, this is ridiculous: In addition to being "less effective and more costly"...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Energy  
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The incumbent's advantage

In theory, I'm the perfect customer for the Nissan Leaf. I don't drive frequently. I don't need a car with much space. I never need to go farther than 100 miles at a time. But the Nissan Leaf wouldn't...

By Ezra Klein  | January 5, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Energy  
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America's innovation gap, cont'd

Joshua Freed, director of Third Way's clean-energy program, e-mails to say that however bad innovation may be in the private sector as a whole, it's even worse in the energy sector: In the U.S., the private sector barely invests in...

By Ezra Klein  | October 6, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Energy  
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Why we need an energy bill (in one graph)

And much of that R&D money, of course, goes to researching new ways to pull fossil fuels out of the ground. It's not all going to renewables. Source....

By Ezra Klein  | September 9, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs, Energy  
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Why did Barack Obama do health care first?

Joe Romm says that “future generations are likely to view Obama’s choice of health care over energy and climate legislation as a blunder of historic proportions,” which is certainly possible. But like Matthew Yglesias, I don't think it was...

By Ezra Klein  | September 8, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Energy, Health Reform  
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Not again

Another oil disaster. And this one may be the worst yet. The Onion reports: In what may be the greatest environmental disaster in the nation's history, the supertanker TI Oceania docked without incident at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port...

By Ezra Klein  | August 17, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Climate Change, Energy  
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Older Entries in This Category »

How energy actually gets used, Ezra Klein , June 17, 2010
Could the BP oil spill increase GDP?, Ezra Klein , June 15, 2010
A guide to blaming Obama for BP, Ezra Klein , June 3, 2010
The cost of oil and its competitors, Ezra Klein , May 4, 2010
 
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