Whether replacing a light bulb or buying a car, investing in energy-efficient products can help people to reduce their carbon footprint while saving money. So why do consumers still opt for energy-inefficient goods?
Robert Stavins, HEEP Director, Todd Gerarden, HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and Richard Newell, former HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow, co-authored an article published in December 2017 in the Journal of Economic Literature, titled “Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap.” Mr. Gerarden is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School; Dr. Newell received his Ph.D. in Public Policy in...
Tom Ashbrook interviews Professor Stavins on National Public Radio’s “On Point,” on November 14, 2017, at the UNFCCC’s COP-23 in Bonn, Germany. Included in the interview, which begins at 30 minutes into the one-hour program, is consideration of the international implications of the announced intention of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement in 2020.
[Harvard Gazette ]...Daniel Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, and Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, will bring Nocera’s clean-energy innovation — the “bionic leaf” — together with Pande’s policy research to inform the adoption of the clean energy generated by the bionic leaf in India. The collaboration will not only set the stage for the successful introduction and scaling of bionic leaf technology in India, but also create the framework to accelerate the adoption of... Read more about Harvard Global Institute Grants Expand Scope
[Arizona Daily Sun ]...The recent monster storms that many scientists are linking to warmer oceans heated by carbon-based greenhouses gases might be another factor in the drive toward carbon taxes. One former skeptic, noted Harvard economist Gregory Mankiw, is now not only on board the tax but worries that in its current form it might be too little too late. He is for tying the increase in the tax per ton of carbon to global temperatures and other warming indicators. Read more about Our View: Bipartisan Carbon Tax No Longer Pie in Sky
[Robert Stavins' Blog] “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
The implication of this famous line (often misquoted as “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it”) from philosopher George Santayana’s 1905 book, The Life of Reason, Volume I – Reason in Common Sense, is that we are wise to learn from our mistakes. This is undoubtedly true, as is the parallel recommendation that we are wise to learn from...