A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- Five myths about the Islamic State. Will McCants offers five myths about the Islamic State that he says “are clouding the discussion.”
- Living on $2 a day in America. Laurence Chandy and Cory Smith review their new research on America’s poorest in a global context.
- Transforming cancer care. Mark McClellan and co-authors provide an overview of the care delivery and payment reform innovations occurring in the field of oncology, and discuss the firsthand experiences of the New Mexico Cancer Center, a community oncology practice located in Albuquerque.
- The FAA on private air travel. Matt Chingos, a licensed private pilot, comments on the FAA’s new ruling on Internet-based flight sharing.
- Washington state’s marijuana policy experiment. Jonathan Rauch interviews Phil Wallach about his new report on what Washington state can learn from its marijuana policy implementation—about the law itself but also about public policy implementation more broadly.
- Final thoughts on the Brookings Blum Roundtable on global poverty. Kemal Derviş offers his reflections on the recent Brookings Blum Roundtable, which focused on growth in the world’s most difficult environments.
While generation capacity [of electric vehicles] at a national level may be present, many bottlenecks will be local, especially at the feeder or distribution transformer level...There are broader ecosystem issues that need further study, including grid-signalling (including time-of-day pricing for electricity), valuing pollution reduction, charging infrastructure and finances...More than half the retail cost of petrol is taxes, which would need to be covered via other means if we move to EVs. It is unlikely one can (or should) tax electricity at the same rate
India's toilet initiative, under which the government is trying to install 75 million public toilets by 2019, is not on its face a women's rights move, but it will increase women's access to sanitation materials.