Failing The Course: Energy Economics and Subsidies

On April 1, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

When I was a young lad in college, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the early 1980s, I took a course in energy economics taught by Prof. Morris Adelman.  I was an anomaly:  there were probably no more than a handful of courses then being taught in energy economics in the colleges and […]

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Failure Is An Option: Cost Is Not No Object

On August 8, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to polls about energy issues.  Way too often, the questions are posed in such a way that they practically compel the respondent to answer in a certain way.  Seriously:  if someone asks you “would you like the energy you use to have less environmental impact?”, are you going to […]

Dollars and Sense For Energy

On May 30, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

One of the most important yet overlooked points about the penetration of clean energy into the marketplace is that there’s pretty much only one thing that matters:  cost.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  people buy all sorts of things — clothes, cars, electronic gadgets — based on non-economic factors, but energy […]

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