ERCOT to blame for Texas blackouts, not renewables or fossil fuels

ERCOT to blame for Texas blackouts, not renewables or fossil fuels

At the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, the situation and the fallout that followed — the rolling or lasting blackouts, national attention, the termination of the energy group’s CEO — prompted Richard Axelbaum, Stifel & & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science, and Phillip Irace, PhD candidate and NSF Graduate Student Fellow, to take a closer look.
Breaking down the American Rescue Plan

Breaking down the American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan is a remarkable effort to jump-start the U.S. economy — unprecedented in scale outside of major wars — and will lead to very fast growth of the U.S. economy over the next year, according to Steven Fazzari, director of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy.
One pandemic year later, what’s next?

One pandemic year later, what’s next?

As we mark the one-year anniversary today of the World Health Organization first declaring a global COVID-19 pandemic, Washington University in St. Louis experts, including from its School of Medicine, look both back and ahead.
What GameStop can teach us about lottery-like short squeezes

What GameStop can teach us about lottery-like short squeezes

Although brick-and-mortar companies like GameStop and AMC Theaters have given investors reason to count them out of stock market success, a huge surge via a “short squeeze” was both predicted and expected in recent research by an expert at Washington University in St. Louis.
An historic opportunity to combat systemic racism

An historic opportunity to combat systemic racism

Sociologist John N. Robinson III says President Joe Biden’s executive orders are an important first step in the fight against systemic racism, but to keep fighting because there’s an “historic opportunity” before us.
This is not the time to raise federal minimum wage

This is not the time to raise federal minimum wage

Radhakrishnan Gopalan, professor of finance at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, says President Joe Biden’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour is too aggressive. His research shows raising the minimum wage now could slow job growth.
Lessons and cautions from 1965 to fight white supremacy

Lessons and cautions from 1965 to fight white supremacy

David Cunningham, chair of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, says Biden’s administration can and should make every effort to defeat the rise of political extremism and white supremacy, but should also be aware of unintended consequences.
The first 100 Biden/Harris days

The first 100 Biden/Harris days

Faculty experts from across Washington University in St. Louis draw upon their research, their instruction, their experience and their thought leadership to proffer insight and ideas for the new administration, the new beginning.
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