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Renewable energy support systems: Causing more harm than good

By Daniel Financial incentives and subsidies are frequently provided to encourage investments in renewable energy sources and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An assumption behind such support systems is that increasing generation from renewable energy sources will result in a decrease in demand from other more carbon-intensive sources such as oil, coal or gas. Forms […]

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Several thoughts in response to three nuclear-focused blog posts

By Anonymous (This was proposed as a comment/response, but I formatted it as an original post. Further discussion might follow. – John M.) This is a comment/reply/response to the three nuclear-focused blog posts. Many of the blog posts have argued that the U.S. government has a strong role to play in encouraging the growth of […]

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Let’s not invest in electric charging stations yet when we don’t even know what type of alternative fuel vehicles the US government will support in 2017.

By Rita In any nascent industries where government support is crucial, the first step is to understand what the industrial policies are and assess whether they would drive enough demand to support the industry in the long run. The three caselets we discussed on electric charging stations, though fictional, gave the impression that the market […]

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The Economic and Environmental Case for a National Renewable Portfolio Standard

By Anonymous The best way to increase market share of renewable energy and to encourage significant private investment in innovation in the space is for the US government to enact national Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) regulation that mandates at least 20% of all public utility energy consumption in must come from renewable sources. Although public […]

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