Rebuild Strong, Not Green, in Puerto Rico

Wall Street Journal                       Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s electric grid, destroying half the island’s long-distance transmission lines and compromising most local distribution capacity.

The Cyber Age Has Hardly Begun

Wall Street Journal                 Apparently American companies can be organized now into two camps: smoking-hot tech firms and old economy roadkill. Economists cite soaring tech stock valuations as evidence of a two-speed economy. Yet Silicon Valley magic hasn’t benefited most companies or created jobs for most Americans.

Do Electric Vehicles Spell OPEC’s Doom?

REAL CLEAR POLICY This summer Elon Musk made good on his promise to introduce a people’s electric wagon, an addition to the $100,000 Tesla S beloved by the virtue-signaling wealthy. In late July, the slick $35,000 Tesla 3 went on sale, joining a crowded field of some three-dozen other electric vehicle (EV) offerings.

Geopolitical Implications of the Invisible Digital Oil Revolution

TESTIMONY BEFORE SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE Five years ago this summer, when a different party was in charge of both the White House and Senate, I proposed in my Manhattan Institute paper entitled “Unleashing the North American Energy Colossus,” that new realities should lead policymakers to “go beyond the pursuit of energy independence” and instead “push…

Professionals and Managers: You’re Next

CITY JOURNAL Here’s the dirty little secret about automation: it’s easier to build a robot to replace a junior attorney than to replace a journeyman electrician. And that fact helps explain why economists and politicians are feeling misgivings about “creative destruction,” which, up to now, they have usually embraced as a net good for society.