Prime The Pump: The Case for Repealing America’s Oil Export Ban

July 6th, 2014

Manhattan Institute Issue Brief The world looked very different 40 years ago when Congress forged the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) that would be signed into law one year later, in December 1975, by President Ford. The Act was a matter of national urgency after the 1973 Arab oil embargo created domestic shortages, politically toxic lines at gasoline stations, and, practically overnight, pushed crude prices up some 400 percent Read More

Every Datum Tells a Story : The dawning of the age of meta-information

June 29th, 2014

City Journal -- w. co-author M. Anthony Mills --  Every generation has its defining technology, and every decade, it seems, needs a label. The sixties were the Space Age, the nineties the Internet Age. The seventies and eighties saw the computer revolution. The decade just passed may come to be known as the Facebook Decade or the Smartphone Era. Without the benefit of hindsight, it’s not always apparent what a new technology will mean or how it will change the way we live. That’s especially true for the period we’ve just entered, which may one day be known as the Age of Big Data, the Dawn of the Cloud, or even, in Cisco’s formulation, the Zettabyte Era. Read More

Cracking the Code of the New Economy: You Don’t Need a STEM Degree to Work in a STEM Field

June 19th, 2014

Pacific Standard: The Science of Society --  co-author M. Anthony Mills If the gratuitous advisor from 1967’s the Graduate were to whisper one word of advice into Dustin Hoffman’s ear in 2014, that word would not be “plastics,” but “coding.” From the White House to the halls of academe, calls are growing louder to educate more students in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) lest America’s graduates be ill-prepared for tomorrow’s digital economy. Data analytics and especially coding are eclipsing the humanities and liberal arts   Read More

The Future Electric Grid

May 30th, 2014

The American, American Enterprise Institute magazine

We hear increasingly that technology is making today’s electric utility model ‘obsolete’ and will put its companies into a ‘death spiral.’ Is it possible that so much has changed so quickly?

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