More Mind Boggling Facts About Where Our Energy Comes From

In one handy graphic from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, you can see U.S. energy consumption and production for our homes, businesses, and vehicles.

The Real Infrastructure Spending Story

Referring to spending at the federal, state, and local levels, and to roads and bridges and electrical transmission lines and railroads and so much more, infrastructure spending is monumentally complex.

Why a Natural Monopoly is Good for Peak Power and the Super Flush

At the end of the last episode of M*A*S*H, during I Love Lucy commercials, after a popular BBC soap, we need a natural monopoly to satisfy peak demand.

The Cost of Free Electricity

Government subsidies can have unintended consequences because of the incentive to use more of a good or a service than the market has allocated.

Why Marijuana is Not Green

Legalizing recreational marijuana, government has created environmental negative externalities by substantially increasing the number of local growers.

The Difference That a Sticker Makes

Because “I Voted” stickers indicate voting is a social norm, like paying taxes or saving electricity, people are more likely to act like their neighbors.

Figuring Out African Development

In Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah, we meet Ifemelu and Obinze. Representative of Nigeria’s upper class, they are a part of a story that takes the reader to Princeton, Yale, Philadelphia, Baltimore and London but always with a home base in Nigeria.…

Diminishing the Worldwide Energy Gap

Last summer, President Obama announced a $7 billion Power Africa initiative that targets sub-Saharan Africa.  Its goal is to create the infrastructure that will extend electricity to more than 20 million households. Partnering with 6 other nations, the US will…

Human Capital: Electricity Matters

After Hurricane Sandy struck my NJ area, a physician friend told me that, with no refrigeration, her vaccine supply spoiled. Imagine her temporary problem as a permanent condition in the developing world. Lack of dependable electricity affects vaccines and the ability…

Phone Power

Only 3 years ago in sub-Saharan Africa, more than two-thirds of all roads were unpaved, three-quarters of the population was without electricity, and there were 3 landline phones per 100 people. Enter the cell phone. As of 2010, in low…