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?…

Our Gridlocked Grid

New York Post New York and New Jersey should direct their gripes at the right targets: Don’t blame the utilities — think Solyndra. Utilities do what policymakers and regulators tell them to do, which in recent years has been to spend money and time on making electric grids greener, rather than harder to break and…