10 years after Fukushima, safety is still nuclear power's greatest challenge

On the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, two experts explain why human choices are more important to nuclear safety than technology, and why the job is far from finished.

Najmedin Meshkati, Professor of Engineering and International Relations, University of Southern California • conversation
March 5, 2021 ~12 min

What's behind $15,000 electricity bills in Texas?

Some Texans are receiving eye-popping electric bills after power providers passed on volatile costs to some of their customers – legally.

Seth Blumsack, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs, Penn State • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~7 min

If Big Tech has the will, here are ways research shows self-regulation can work

Misinformation isn't an inevitable product of social media. Proven techniques can help tech companies clean up their acts.

Anjana Susarla, Omura-Saxena Professor of Responsible AI, Michigan State University • conversation
Feb. 22, 2021 ~10 min

How the Texas electricity system produced low-cost power but left residents out in the cold

The Texas electric power market is designed to give energy companies incentive to sell electricity at the lowest possible cost. That focus helps explain why it collapsed during a historic cold wave.

Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida • conversation
Feb. 18, 2021 ~9 min

To make the US auto fleet greener, increasing fuel efficiency matters more than selling electric vehicles

Electric cars get a lot of hype, but EV sales today are actually increasing transportation's carbon footprint. Here's how federal clean-car standards produce this counterintuitive result.

John DeCicco, Research Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~9 min

Biden has pledged to advance environmental justice – here's how the EPA can start

The US environmental justice movement dates back to the early 1980s, but federal support for it has been weak and inconsistent. Here are four things Biden's EPA can do to improve that record.

David Konisky, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 25, 2021 ~8 min

Biden has a congressional shortcut to cancel Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, but it comes with risks

The Trump administration used this shortcut liberally in 2017, but its potential pitfalls and impact raise a question: Should Congress repeal it?

Daniel Farber, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~7 min

5 years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who's aiming for net zero emissions

Bold visions for slowing global warming have emerged from all over the world. What's not clear is how countries will meet them.

Dolf Gielen, Payne Institute Fellow, Colorado School of Mines • conversation
Dec. 10, 2020 ~9 min

On environmental protection, Biden's election will mean a 180-degree turn from Trump policies

The Trump administration has used executive orders, deregulation and delays to reduce environmental regulation. Biden administration officials will use many of the same tools to undo their work.

Janet McCabe, Professor of Practice of Law, Indiana University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Delinquent electric bills from the pandemic are coming due – who will pay them?

Many Americans have been unable to pay their electric bills during the COVID-19 pandemic, racking up billions of dollars in delinquent bills. Where will the money come from?

Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~9 min

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