September 21, 2022

3 Questions: Janelle Knox-Hayes on producing renewable energy that communities want

Wind power accounted for 8 percent of U.S. electricity consumption in 2020, and is growing rapidly in the country’s energy portfolio. But some projects, like the now-defunct Cape Wind proposal for offshore power in Massachusetts, have run aground due to local opposition. Are there ways to avoid this in the future? MIT professors Janelle Knox-Hayes and Donald Sadoway think so. Read more on MIT News here.

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September 9, 2022

Is nuclear power a green solution? Why world tilts toward ‘yes.’

Environmental groups and policymakers are softening their stances against nuclear power, some reluctantly, some whole-heartedly, and many with a new sort of humility in the face of today’s climate and energy realities. CEEPR’s John Parsons, who worked on a joint MIT-Stanford report which proved pivotal in California’s recent approval of SB 846 extending the life of the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility, comments on this trend in an article for the Christian Science Monitor.

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September 7, 2022

How America Can Make Industrial Policy Work

In an article on Foreign Affairs, MIT Professors John M. Deutch and Ernest J. Moniz discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS Act, and the 2021 Infrastructure and Jobs Act collectively represent a revolutionary change in US industrial policy. However, the Biden Administration will have to weave them together skillfully to realize a more effective, integrated, and agile economic system and they suggest ways that the Administration can do so.

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The Roosevelt Project

The Roosevelt Project takes a multidisciplinary approach to examine the transitional challenges associated with progress toward a deeply decarbonized U.S. economy. The project aims to chart a path forward through the transition that minimizes worker and community dislocations and enables at-risk communities to sustain employment levels by taking advantage of the economic opportunities present for regional economic development.

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The CATE Project

The Climate Action Through Education Project aims to develop a science-based climate curriculum for U.S high school students, placing particular emphasis on reaching populations who are underserved and on countering climate denial messages. The curriculum will inform students about the causes and consequences of anthropogenic climate change, while equipping them with the knowledge and sense of agency to contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation.

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The E2e Project

Through an interdisciplinary approach to the so-called ‘energy efficiency gap’, the E2e Project seeks to evaluate and strengthen policies and incentives for improved energy efficiency. Proven research designs used to achieve these aims include randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental designs, with data and customer access provided through formal partnerships with private-sector companies.

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