Energy and Climate

The Trump administration has once again proposed massive cuts to energy RD&D. Lawmakers should not give this year’s budget proposal any greater credence than they have given the last two. Congress should instead continue down the path of elevating innovation in clean energy as a national priority.
Energy and Climate
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November 1, 2018
As Joe Kennedy writes for InsideSources, this year’s Nobel Prize winners is economics show how a carbon tax would accelerate significantly the pace of innovation in clean-energy technologies.
October 24, 2018
Despite our best efforts, the world may not be able to reduce carbon pollution fast enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
September 18, 2018
Economic theory suggests a tax on carbon emissions is the most efficient way to reduce them. But another important effect of such a tax would be to induce innovation in clean energy technology.
August 24, 2018
If the United States is to win its fair share of highly competitive global markets for clean-energy goods, the public, private, and academic sectors must work together effectively, David Hart writes for Energy Collective.
August 10, 2018
The Trump administration is proposing to freeze federal fuel-efficiency standards for passenger vehicles on the theory that weaker regulation will help domestic carmakers. But, as David Hart writes for the Detroit Free Press, it would instead lock the United States into a dirtier, increasingly out-of-touch status quo.
July 24, 2018
U.S. policymakers should continue down this path to create more permissive and updated rules for SSTs. Only by allowing the technology to achieve lift-off will policymakers be able to spur investment in supersonic technology and improve its efficiency and effectiveness, writes Alan McQuinn in Innovation Files.
July 23, 2018
Traditional theories of innovation stress the division between “basic” and “applied” research, and this division is embedded in federal R&D policy: The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE-SC) conduct basic research, while DOE’s energy technology offices fund applied research and development.
July 23, 2018
There’s no magic bullet to ensure firms will respond to environmental regulation by innovating. But a literature review shows certain conditions that will raise that likelihood, pointing the way to some important rules of thumb for policymakers.
July 1, 2018
As David Hart and Stephen Ezell writes for Crain’s Cleveland Business, bringing the Energy Department’s voucher program to all national labs could help small businesses across the country.
June 27, 2018
Please join ITIF for an expert discussion of promising ideas such as the proposed Impact for Energy Foundation and the pilot small business voucher program.