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Keystone XL, energy policy and the job-creation shuffle

Severin Borenstein, professor of business | February 18, 2015

Renewable energy proponents and advocates of the Keystone pipeline finally agree on something: that the right way to count “job creation” is to focus narrowly on the jobs in the industry they want to boost and ignore the overall impact on employment.  Unfortunately, researchers who actually study employment are not on board. The “green jobs” … Continue reading »

Does the Keystone XL pipeline matter?

Dan Farber, professor of law | April 16, 2014

Many people who have studied the issue tell me that the Keystone XL issue is mostly symbolic, because the Alberta oil sands are going to be used one way or another.  But I’m having some second thoughts because of arguments made (here) by Berkeley economist Max Aufhammer. He’s a pretty hard-headed analyst, not given to flights … Continue reading »

Not building Keystone XL will likely leave a billion barrels of bitumen in the ground

Maximilian Auffhammer, professor, international sustainable development | March 25, 2014

I am not a fan of blanket statements. Whenever oil sands come up in casual conversation, many of my economist friends argue that “the stuff will come out of the ground whether we like it or not”. When the discussion turns to Keystone XL, the general attitude is that “it simply doesn’t matter. The Canadians … Continue reading »

Ten energy stories to watch in 2014

Steven Weissman, associate director, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment | January 10, 2014

In our energy law classes at Cal, we like to start the day by talking about Energy in the News. The media never fails us. Every day, there are multiple energy-related stories of significance touching on resource development, new technologies, policy shifts, jobs, regional politics, prices, international relations, or the environment. Once you start looking … Continue reading »

The debt ceiling and the environment

Dan Farber, professor of law | October 8, 2013

It slipped under the radar screen due to all the furor over the impending government shutdown, but the NY Times ran an important article two weeks ago about the debt ceiling.  The Republican plan is apparently to condition their agreement to raise the debt ceiling and save the country from default on a massive regulatory rollback. This … Continue reading »

A side-by-side comparison of Romney and Obama on energy and environment

Dan Farber, professor of law | April 23, 2012

I’ve put together a table of language from the issues sections of the official campaign websites dealing with energy and environment. I decided to use the candidate’s own language to avoid interposing my own views on the issues. Please keep in mind that the table uses their language, not mine. Not surprisingly, the candidates frame … Continue reading »