Salem Center events on the Big Tech:
- Steve mentioned Facebook’s role in violence in Myanmar. Here’s more detail on Facebook’s role in inciting the violence from this NY Times article.
- One of Greg’s talks on free speech
Salem Center events on the Texas Electricity crisis:
- Does Texas Value Reliable Energy
- Forget About What Broke: Why Poor Policies Made Texas Blackouts Inevitable
- Exploring Tradeoffs in the Texas Energy System
- A Wall Street Journal article about the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) raising electricity prices to $9,000 a megawatt hour. https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-power-regulators-decision-to-raise-prices-in-freeze-generates-criticism-11614268158. Typically, prices are quoted per kilowatt hour (1/1000th of a megawatt hour). In Texas the average price of electricity before the crisis was $0.1139 per kilowatt hour (https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_5_6_a) – which is $113.9 per megawatt hour. Reuters notes that “[o]ne megawatt typically provides enough power for 200 homes on a hot summer day.” (https://www.reuters.com/article/texas-power-summer/update-1-after-winter-crisis-texas-power-grid-assures-will-meet-record-summer-demand-idUSL1N2LN27Q)
- Carlos mentioned a paper that shows that the cost of natural disasters hasn’t increased. In Bjorn Lornberg’s piece “Welfare in the 21st century: Increasing development, reducing inequality, the impact of climate change, and the cost of climate policies,” (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2020.119981) he cites John McAneney et al.’s 2019 paper “Normalised insurance losses from Australian natural disasters: 1966-2017” (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2019.1609406)
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