People badly underestimate the extent to which the existing energy landscape is marred by subsidies and distortions. The latest numbers from the International Energy Agency, for example, suggest that half of the needed CO2 emissions reductions to prevent a 2 degree increase in global temperatures could be achieved simply by removing direct subsidies for the consumption of dirty energy. Add in production subsidies and (if you want to get fanciful about it) my bugaboos about parking minimums and the like, and you're most of the way there.
TODAY IN SLATE
More Than Scottish Pride
Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself.
What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture
Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You
Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows
Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?
The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.
Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.