HKS Affiliated Authors

Teresa and John Heinz Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy


July 2022, Paper: "Critics have opposed clean energy public investment by claiming that governments must not pick winners, green subsidies enable rent-seeking behaviour, and failed companies means failed policy. These arguments are problematic and should not determine the direction of energy investment policies.  A slew of recent studies has made clear that the pathways to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 demand significant re-gearing of the global economy — which will require major governmental funding across the world1,2,3. These public investments need to go beyond research and development — and support technology demonstration, manufacturing, and deployment as well as energy efficiency and the build-out of electricity infrastructure at scale."

HKS Faculty Author - Joseph Aldy