Book Review: Julio Ottino & Bruce Mau’s ‘The Nexus’

REAL CLEAR MARKETS ……….. Innovation is the sine qua non of our time. Corporate executives claim their business embodies it, whether it’s about computers or coffee. Politicians love to invoke it. Consultants claim they can imbue it, for a price. Venture capitalists chase it, sometimes blindly. Educators claim to teach it. Coders think artificial intelligence can fake it.

Inflation Fuel

CITY JOURNAL……. The European Union has decided to tax imports with a “carbon border adjustment mechanism.” Intended to accelerate global reductions in carbon-dioxide emissions, the policy will instead inflate the cost of everything Europeans buy. Two basic facts about imports in Europe will drive the policy’s inflationary effects.

The Year of Electric Vehicle Inevitability?

REAL CLEAR MARKETS ……… It’s the time of year for annual retrospectives. On the energy front, the electric vehicle (EV) was at the top of obsessions for 2022. Claims of an “inevitable” and “accelerating” proliferation of “zero emissions” EVs emboldened policymakers around the world to enact legislation to outright ban cars with internal combustion engines.

Energy Tech Won’t Progress Like Computing

WALL STREET JOURNAL ……….Bravo to Nick Stork and Joe Malchow (“One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Clean Fuel,” op-ed, Nov. 21) for endorsing an energy “price system untouched by government.” But in their otherwise sensible case for a bright energy future, they make a fundamental mistake by repeating a pernicious analogy: “The energy future may mirror…

Can American Producers Head Off Looming Oil Shortages?

CITY JOURNAL ……… A remarkable political consensus has emerged: the world needs more oil. Confirmation of that reality didn’t come from any oil executive but from President Biden, who recently admonished U.S. oil companies “to deploy these record-breaking profits to increase production.”