US Leadership in a Post 9/11 World – Policy Brief 1:14

Bush-Obama BRIEF. 2014 Final In his latest policy brief, Professor Brandon Prins and PhD candidate Allan Wilford explore how foreign policy has changed and developed under the Obama administration. The brief compares and contrasts the policies that are currently in place with those that were implemented under the Bush administration. While Obama is ideologically different [...]

Transitioning to Electric Vehicles – White Paper 1:14

David L. Greene, Sangsoo Park, and Changzheng Liu discuss the logistics and implications of utilizing electric cars in this White Paper Transitioning to Electric Vehicles: Public Policy Implications of Uncertainty, Network Externalities, Tipping Points and Imperfect Markets Building on a previous Baker Center Baker Center White Paper that estimated the costs and benefits of transition to [...]

The New Barbary Wars – Policy Brief

Dr. Brandon Prins and his co-authors assess the threat of modern day piracy in this policy brief.  The authors note that the “…collapse of the global security umbrellas characteristic of Cold War power dynamics has meant that maritime security around small, weak states virtually does not exist. The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public [...]

Report from Electric Vehicles Readiness Project Available Online!

On May 1, 2013, the Baker Center hosted a Department of Energy – Clean Cities  conference.  The report on the Technical Review of Clean Cities’ Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Projects is now available here EV Report White Paper 2013 Thanks to our sponsors and authors, we hope this report will aid others in integrating electric vehicles [...]

June 12, 2013 – Analyzing the Transition to Electric Drive in California – Dr. David Greene

Dr. David Greene, Baker Center Senior Fellow for Energy & the Environment, has released a report on issues associated with transitioning to electric drive vehicles. The research was funded by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).  Dr. Greene was aided by University of Tennessee graduate student, Sangsoo Park, Department of Economics, and Changzheng Liu, [...]

Baker Fellow, Mary English, addresses the issue of selling TVA.

On April 10, 2013, President Barack Obama released his proposed FY 2014 budget. In the budget’s chapter on “Creating a 21st Century Government,” under the heading “Reform TVA,” there is a one paragraph discussion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. This paper, by Mary English, looks at possible scenarios surrounding the topic of selling TVA. Policy [...]

White Paper 3-13: The Water Energy Nexus in East Tennessee

The Water Energy Nexus in East Tennessee was produced by Dr. Carol Harden and her team at the UT Dept. of Geography, under a grant from the Baker Center.  Dr. Harden’s paper explores the demands energy production has placed on water resources in Tennessee, and especially East Tennessee. As home to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), power [...]

White Paper 2-13 Reports on 2012 Base-load Electricity from Natural Gas and Nuclear Power: The Role of Federal and State Policy

White Paper 2-13 issued on March 5, 2013, provides a report on the Fall 2012 conference Base-load Electricity from Natural Gas and Nuclear Power: The Role of Federal and State Policy.  white paper Sept 20-21 symposiumFINAL

White Paper 1-13: OPEC and the Costs to the US Economy of Oil Dependence: 1970-2010

Baker Center Senior Fellow and ORNL Corporate Fellow, David Greene, and co-authors, Roderick Lee (George Washington University)  and Janet Hopson (UT Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences), provide this review of US oil dependence and its impact on the US Economy from 1970-2010.  To read and download the complete paper, click on the following link. OilDependenceCosts2010 [...]

Addressing issues concerning energy and the environment: A short course on energy policy analysis

By David J. Bjornstad and Alexandra Brewer Executive Summary With the presidential election decided, a renewed debate on energy and environmental issues will begin.  This Policy Brief can serve as a primer for assessing these issues. The Brief is divided into a short introduction and three topical sections.  The first section provides a short overview of the inputs [...]