Professor, Business, Government & Society
Professor Spence's research and teaching focus on business-government relations with emphasis on energy and environmental regulation. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina. Professor Spence has taught as a visitor at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, the Vanderbilt Law School, the Cornell Law School, Harvard Law School, IMADEC University in Vienna, Austria, and the Bren School of the Environment at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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December 14, 2016
Fully deregulated markets may risk serious problems with electric reliability, says McCombs’ David Spence. Improving grid dependability means once again regulating parts of the electric power industry.
February 18, 2016
Despite lower pump prices, Americans are primed more than ever for conservation and renewable energy, and they want action on climate change.
October 20, 2015
After a year of lower gas prices, consumers are more optimistic about America’s energy future. They’re also turning more attention to energy’s environmental impacts and want the federal government to get busier investing in renewables and other energy sources.
October 6, 2015
For agencies like the EPA, rules are routinely challenged through litigation. Professor David Spence explains why a deeply factious and polarized Congress means laws are outdated, industries are unnerved, and the balance of power has reached a tipping point.
May 1, 2015
The latest UT Energy Poll reveals lower gasoline prices have changed consumers’ attitudes on conservation and energy independence, and positions on fracking and the Keystone XL pipeline are still divided down party lines.
March 19, 2015
For those who remember 1986, the current cost of oil is alarming, but energy experts at The University of Texas at Austin urge business leaders not to overreact. Consider these projections for the oil industry as we move into Q2.
October 28, 2014
The results are in: Americans say energy issues will be a top priority when they go to the polls, but party platforms won’t cinch their support. Find out what does energize voters in the latest University of Texas Energy Poll, released October 28.
April 30, 2014
Results of the latest UT Energy Poll indicate that more Americans are taking steps to decrease their home energy use as energy-efficient products gradually become more budget-friendly. Has conservation finally gone mainstream?
February 25, 2014
Despite widespread disagreement on many energy policy issues, Republicans and Democrats appear to be expressing a common interest in promoting efficient and renewable energy sources. That alignment is reflected in President Obama’s 2020 energy goals.
April 9, 2013
Americans have fractured feelings about today’s boom in natural gas. They want more of it produced here at home, but they’re sharply divided about the chief technology for getting it out of the ground: hydraulic fracturing of subterranean shale. That’s a top trend in the latest University of Texas Energy Poll, released April 9.