Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman is a senior economist at Synapse Energy Economics, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass. He is also a founding member of Economics for Equity and the Environment.

Climate & Energy

Bjorn Lomborg: same skeptic, different day

Bjorn Lomborg, the Danish climate skeptic, is back in the news. He now wants to have it both ways, calling climate change real, but not really urgent.


The atrazine emails: Science with an attitude is still science

UC Berkeley professor Tyrone Hayes sent obscene emails to pesticide maker Syngenta's staff. But that doesn't invalidate his research on atrazine.

Climate & Energy

A climate policy for people and the environment

A well-designed climate policy could slash greenhouse emissions and put money in Americans' pockets -- but that's not what Congress is considering.

Business & Technology

What would happen if we admitted to the high risk of deepwater drilling?

Was the Obama administration “arbitrary and capricious” in imposing a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling? U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman thought so. His June 22 order reversed the moratorium, citing the “immeasurable harm” to “the local economy, the Gulf …

Climate & Energy

What is the social cost of carbon?

The social cost of carbon may be the most important number you’ve never heard of. U.S. climate legislation is stalled in Congress, but in the meantime, the Obama administration is trying to fill the gap by considering climate impacts in …

Climate & Energy

The economics of 350

There is good news on the climate policy front. The Europeans have ratcheted down their emission targets; the Chinese are getting serious about solar power and energy efficiency; and Washington, after opening a multi-billion dollar stimulus spicket for clean energy, …