Regulating Carbon Dioxide

Written by Ryan McGuine // There have been multiple energy transitions throughout history, all of which have been driven by economic imperatives and moved in the direction of increasing power density. The current energy transition toward energy sources that emit less greenhouse gases is a departure from previous transitions in both respects — it is … Continue reading Regulating Carbon Dioxide

How We Use Energy in 2019

Written by Ryan McGuine // Every June, BP releases its annual benchmark publication, the Statistical Review of World Energy, which details trends in energy production and consumption over the course of the previous year. Interested readers can see my summaries of past Statistical Reviews for comparison. The year 2018 was another disappointing one as far … Continue reading How We Use Energy in 2019

Energy & Air Pollution

Written by Ryan McGuine // Many sources of energy generate air pollution when consumed. Air pollution is a concern because it has harmful effects on both human health and natural ecosystems. Thus, air pollution generates what are referred to as "negative externalities." In the case of air pollution, that can be anything from healthcare for … Continue reading Energy & Air Pollution

The Energy-Development Nexus

Written by Ryan McGuine // Energy and economic development significantly affect one another. Exactly how they do so, though, is far from straightforward and depends on a dizzying web of interrelated complex systems. As such, this post will not provide the reader with a definitive relationship between the two, but rather will provide an overview … Continue reading The Energy-Development Nexus