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Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on why conversion to electric vehicles may be slower than we hope. "Transportation contributes to about 28% of US carbon emissions. To decarbonize transportation, electric vehicles (EVs) must replace internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. What impedes people to make the switch? The high EV sticker price is an important factor. But another crucial issue is the difficulty in charging EVs quickly and... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on the Forbes news site discussing why U.S. domestic policy is shaping the Biden Administration's agenda for the recent climate summit. The Biden Administration needs the support of senators such as Manchin of West Virginia, coal county. Transition away from coal and "decarbonization" will have to convince areas dependent on the revenue from fossil fuel extraction, "... new investments would be needed for... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker's work on right-wing movements is cited in an article for the The Guardian on how many people might believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen. "Three months after an insurrection at the US Capitol, an estimated 50 million Republicans still believe the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, according to a recent national survey. But it’s far from clear how many Americans might still be willing to take violent action in support of that belief. Christopher Parker, a political scientist... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach's research is cited in The Economist about Republican controlled states sliding into a trend more restrictive voting laws. Prof. Grumbach developed an index to measure the health of democratic institutions in all fifty states. "Mr Grumbach finds that elections have been getting less democratic for two decades, almost exclusively in Republican-controlled states...The biggest drop occurred in North Carolina, where legislative districts were redrawn by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature in 2011. Federal courts have since... Read more
On Forbes web site Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak write that the switch from fossil fuels for our energy needs should be a careful one, else societal disruptions will cause a backlash. "....As the world... Read more
Prof. Victor Menaldo in an interview with South Sound PBS affiliate KBTC, posted on the Seattle KCTS station web site discussing the intentions and implications of what has become known as "cancel culture."  Some highlights:--Cancel culture is not new. We can find examples in history and cancel culture can be how a society expresses its values. --Cancel culture can start with good intentions: getting rid of offensive language and stereotypes; way of opening the discussion to new ideas and speech. --The Bad: could be a way to gaslight and... Read more
Over the last few years, right-wing movements are difficult to ignore. From Australia to Europe, right-wing movements have achieved a measure of political success. A more complete accounting of the political influence of the reactionary right in the last twenty years must also include the United States. America’s most recent move to the right began with the Tea Party’s emergence during the Obama administration. The tea Party sought to maintain the cultural integrity of what it viewed as the “legitimate” American majority. While Donald Trump sometimes departed from Republican free-market... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach's work is cited in on the Opinion section of The New York Times, "This fact pattern underscores a larger truth: The Republican Party is driving the nation’s democratic decline. A recent paper by Jacob M. Grumbach, a political scientist at the University of Washington, makes this plain. Using a new measure of state-level democratic... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash on The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage blog, March 22 is the World Water Day – an annual call to action to help the millions of people who lack access to safe water sources. Water availability is an important global policy objective, listed as U.N. sustainable Development Goal (SDG) # 6: “ensure access to water and sanitation for all” by 2030. But climate change is making water availability less predictable. Droughts are often followed by extreme precipitation that does not sufficiently recharge groundwater, leading to water... Read more
Prof. Victor Menaldo on the Cultirico web site, "A debate is raging over reforming American antitrust laws...At best, this means tweaking the current paradigm to accommodate outcomes besides price and innovation to help strengthen our economy and political system. At worst, this may mean going after big and successful firms for political reasons and then reverse-engineering a skin-... Read more