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Noah Ginsberg 10/31/13
Safety is arguably the most important thing when you are driving on the road. So it wouldn’t be a surprise that safety-conscious drivers would want their car to a have top crash-score rating – preferably a 5-star safety rating. And you surely do not want your car to simultaneously burst into flames, unless you are a Boston Red Sox fan rioting after your team wins the World Series. But a recent editorial from the Washington Times pointing to a Tesla Model S fire on October 3rd makes it seem that Tesla drivers -- or drivers of any type of electric vehicle (EV) are taking huge risks, driving dangerous, killing machines.
By Dan Frakes and Alex Keros 10/28/13
With resounding bipartisan support, the United States finalized the details of a comprehensive energy policy that leverages our nation’s technological prowess to meet our economic, environmental, and social goals. In a broad commitment to accelerate the market development of clean energy and advanced transportation, the United States has finally established a global framework for developing jobs, ensuring national security, and meeting the needs and health of future generations. What a momentous occasion!
Wake up, Dan! Wake up, Alex!
Noah Ginsberg 10/24/13
Yesterday the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a new study titled “Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus” and hosted a discussion on the topic. The study and panelists rightfully support more investment in energy innovation, but claim that proponents of renewable energy deployment policies, which they call “The Deployment Consensus,” are missing the boat on how to create competitive energy markets and combat global climate change.
There are many problems with the study and claims several panelists made at yesterday's event. As Alan Nogee, former Director of the Clean Energy Program at Union of Concerned Scientists, points out on Twitter, the “whole premise [of the study] lumps very different studies together…and mischaracterizes scenarios as forecasts and prescriptions.” Here is a list of a few more problems with the study:
- The study dubiously disregards the projected and current price declines of renewable energy due to current market drivers and deployment policies at the federal and state levels. Further, the study fails to shed adequate light on the fact that renewable energy was the fastest growing source of electrical generation capacity last year due to recent and steep price declines.