Professor Spence's research and teaching focuses on business-government relations and the regulation of business, particularly 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.
As part of the Texas Executive Education open enrollment program, Spence teaches the following courses: External Stakeholders; Ethics and Social Responsibility in Emerging Energy Markets.
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Message to both parties: Despite high gas prices, weak economy, more Americans feel positive about energy.
Election-year politics aren't the only barrier to thoughtful energy policy reform. Complicated trade-offs between environmental and economic risks and rewards are seldom discussed in a meaningful way — a challenge that predates the current political climate.
Looking at the comprehensive risks associated with the way we produce and use energy means more than simply looking at them through the prism of the most recent accident.
Growing controversy over the environmental ramifications of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has dampened enthusiasm over that method of extracting natural gas from shale. A new study will take a comprehensive look at the environmental issues and regulatory climate related to fracking in an effort to “separate fact from fiction.”
Complex regulatory policies can disguise costs.