News Types: Op-Eds

David Spence, “The Founders might actually have liked the ‘deep state'” (Washington Post)

On March 15, 2017, the Washington Post published an op-ed by Dr. David Spence on the ways executive-branch resistance to the Trump agenda does not necessary subvert democracy but, to the contrary, often affirms it. According to Spence, “The Trump administration has made clear its intent to roll back regulation in ways that may contradict agencies’ [like the Environmental Protection Agency] enabling legislation. When that happens, expect courts to push back. If Republicans want to “deconstruct” the administrative state, as Trump senior adviser Stephen K. Bannon says, changing presidents is not enough. They will have to change the law.”

About the Author
David Spence is Professor of Law, Politics & Regulation at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches in both the McCombs School of Business and the School of Law.

New York Times Cites University of Texas Full Cost of Electricity Report

In a Dec. 26, 2016 op-ed, The New York Times cited a report published that month by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin extensively. According to the report, which is titled titled “New U.S. Power Costs: by County, with Externalities,” natural gas and wind are the lowest-cost technology options for new electricity generation across much of the U.S. when cost, public health impacts and environmental effects are considered.

Other Media Coverage
Ralph K.M. Hauerwitz, “UT report: Wind, natural gas cheapest electricity if full cost tallied,” (December 8, 2016).

Ferit Ucar, “Groundbreaking Study Shows New Coal Plants are Uneconomic in 97 Percent of US Counties,” EDF Blogs (December 8, 2016).

David Spence, “In Energy Politics, Simple Wins, But Simple is Usually Wrong (The Huffington Post)

On April 14, 2016, published an op-ed by Professor David Spence on energy politics and fossil fuels. According to Professor Spence, “When it comes to fossil fuels, politicians have long kept things simple: Republicans tend to be for them, Democrats against them … But by lumping all fossil fuels together in this way, we resist an important truth: that a nationwide ban on fracking would almost certainly be bad for health and the environment.”

David Spence and David Adelman, “Texas officials claim victory over Clean Power Plan – at the expense of every Texan” (The Dallas Morning News, The Waco-Tribune Harold, The Star-Telegram)

The Supreme Court has halted implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the flagship climate change program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. In an Op-Ed published by The Dallas Morning News, The Waco-Tribune Harold, and The Star-Telegram, Professor David Spence and Professor David Adelman point out that “Texas is a plaintiff in the case, so this is a big win for state officials, but it is a victory that will come at the expense of the health and welfare of every Texan.”