Manhattan Institute Reports

Industrial Policy: Old-Think in the New Cloud Era

Policymakers and pundits are increasingly claiming that this country needs an “industrial policy.” Although this is far from a new idea, topline statistics give it surface plausibility. In 1980, the U.S. had a 30% share of global manufacturing; today, it has slipped to 16%.

Mines, Minerals, and “Green” Energy: A Reality Check

As policymakers have shifted focus from pandemic challenges to economic recovery, infrastructure plans are once more being actively discussed, including those relating to energy. Green energy advocates are doubling down on pressure to continue, or even increase, the use of wind, solar power, and electric cars. Left out of the discussion is any serious consideration…

Issues 2020: A Fracking Ban Would Trigger Global Recession

“I will ban fracking—everywhere.”— Elizabeth Warren ………….. The extraction of oil and gas through the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (colloquially, “fracking”) has catapulted the United States into leadership of the world’s energy markets. Since 2007, fracking has doubled U.S. oil production and increased gas production by 60%

The “New Energy Economy” : An Exercise In Magical Thinking

The centerpiece of the “new energy economy” thesis rests on the belief that the technologies of wind, solar power and battery storage are undergoing the kind of disruption experienced in computing and communications. But this core analogy glosses over profound physics differences between systems that produce energy and those that produce information.

The Real Fuel of the Future: Natural Gas

The U.S. is now the world’s fastest-growing producer of natural gas, and it is on track to becoming the dominant world exporter. Meanwhile, the number of nations importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) has jumped from a dozen to more than 40 in the past two decades… [Click title to open PDF]

Energy and the Information Infrastructure

It has been said that data is the new oil. Both domains are critical to society, entailing massive infrastructures and globe-spanning businesses. Of course oneproduces energy, while the other uses it. It may seem inconceivable that a single smartphone is responsible for as much electricity demand as a refrigerator, but that’s what the physics dictates. This…