The Surprising “Green” Side of the SUV

Based on a recent study, calculating the amount of air pollution we can blame on SUV emissions has just become a bit trickier.

Cost and Benefit: Is the Air Ever Too Clean?

Implying that we cannot put a price on environmental responsibility, Maine’s Senator Edmund Muskie (1914-1996) once said, “Can we afford clean water? Can we afford rivers and lakes…which continue to make life possible…?…These questions answer themselves.” A recent article in the…

Demand and Supply: The Ethanol Mandate

Several years ago, when former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers walked past me, I stopped him with a question. “What is the most important economic idea to teach my students,” I asked. Without missing a beat, he said, “the power of…

A Federal Subsidy: The Tesla Test

The trip in the  $101,000 Tesla Model S along part of the East Coast was supposed to be uneventful. With 2 ultra fast charging stations in Newark, Delaware and Wilton Connecticut, the power was available. For the 1/2 ton lithium…