Every Breath You Take

CITY JOURNAL The age of all-seeing, all-knowing information analytics is nearly upon us. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 256 pp., $27) Covering everything that’s happening today with information technology in one book is a monumental challenge. As if to…

Unleash the Energy-Export Revolution

National Review Online On May 17, the Department of Energy (DOE) approved just the second license in America to export natural gas. Nineteen more applicants still wait. Yes, private businesses, willing to spend tens of billions of private capital, are lined up for a schoolyard game of “Mother May I” to get permission to export…

Sovereign Energy Independence

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Winter/Spring 2013 (co-authored with Spencer Abraham) Energy, like food, is a foundational requirement for civilization.  The World Economic Forum's 2012 Energy Vision Update begins with the observation:  "Energy is the lifeblood of the global economy — a crucial input to nearly all of the goods and services of the modern…

We Need a 21st Century Energy Policy

Real Clear Energy The newly sworn-in Energy Secretary has taken a go-slow posture on natural gas exports. This, after the U.S. has just blown past Russia to become the world's largest producer. And America will shortly occupy the number one position in oil production as well. This nation is poised to become a major hydrocarbon exporter to…

Rise of the Machines & the Explosion of Data

“From 2005 to 2020, the digital universe will grow by a factor of 300 … the digital universe will about double every two years.”  “In just four years … the number of … mobile app downloads grew from essentially zero to 60 billion.” Behind it all, generally unnoticed?  The infrastructure that gives apps their smarts?…