Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Mark Paul makes the case for nationalizing the fossil fuel industry


Mark Paul is an Assistant Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and former fellow of the Roosevelt Institute and Data for Progress.  His research and writing have appeared in the New York Times, The Economist, Washington Post, and The Financial Times, among other publications. He has testified to Congress on numerous occasions, including most recently in March 2023 to the House Oversight Committee on President Biden’s energy policies and inflation. He has advised the leading progressive members of Congress on economic policy, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Jamaal Bowman. A native of New England, Mark Paul spent a year in culinary school at Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI, and another year in community college in southern NH, before pursuing economics. He earned his PhD in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. The Ends of Freedom: Reclaiming America’s Lost Promise of Economic Rights (University of Chicago Press) is his first book.

An article he co-authored with Carla Skandier and Rory Renzy: “The Case for Nationalizing the Fossil Fuel Industry“, sparked this conversation. Mark Paul was also one of 32 economists who recently sent a letter to President Biden calling for rent control on properties with federally-backed mortgages, which is briefly discussed at the end of this interview.