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Does the editor of Science understand ‘the Dismal Science’?

February 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Reading the latest editorial by Marcia McNutt, the editor of Science magazine, makes one wonder: Does she understand and have any respect for ‘the Dismal Science‘?  Very simply, McNutt failed to demonstrate basic knowledge about economics (that ‘dismal science’) and failed to consider basic business calculations (and ignored many other reasons why Keystone XL [...]

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Tags: Energy · analysis · economics · tar sands · trains

Steer-ing the climate conversation to sanity re economic analysis

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Monday evening, the PBS’ Newshour hosted a segment on climate change issues building on Secretary of State John Kerry’s strong comments over the weekend equating climate change with weapons of mass destruction.
The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3-D movie. …
Terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons [...]

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Tags: Global Warming · Obama Administration · analysis · climate change · economics · government energy policy

Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #1: About that CO2 Footprint…

October 28th, 2013 · 1 Comment

In a series of guest posts, Assaf addresses — from the perspective both of an EV owner and an analyst — myths about electric vehicles. This post, as per title, addresses the life-cycle CO2 Footprint of various types of cars … and … the simple truth (in line with Debunking Handbook guidelines):
Electric Vehicles have lower
(LOWER!)
carbon [...]

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Tags: Energy · PHEV · analysis · electric vehicles · guest post

OMG … Can IER read English?

August 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment

An MIT economist publishes a paper explaining that key economic modeling of climate change is wrong primarily because the models do not account for the risk of catastrophic climate chaos, but essentially have linear analysis that fosters a greatly understated accounting of the risks that climate chaos will devastate not just human prospects in the [...]

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Tags: analysis

The President’s Climate Speech: Everyone will exaggerate costs, understate benefits

June 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Today, the President will be giving a speech at Georgetown University on climate change issues, with announcements of initiatives that will be taken leveraging the powers of the Administrative Branch because the Congress is unable (and, to a large extent, unwilling) to take meaningful action to address climate change: whether mitigation or adaptation.
There are two [...]

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Tags: Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · analysis · climate change · political symbols · politics

Climate Mitigation Advocates Systematically Understate Case — yet another example …

December 4th, 2012 · No Comments

Systematically, for numerous issues, those advocating for action to mitigate our headlong rush over the Catastrophic Climate Chaos Cliff understate the case. The scientific community, notably the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), is ‘conservative’ — taking a very measured (scientific, one might say) approach with use solely of already published peer-reviewed literature which [...]

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Tags: Energy · analysis

Fishbowl declares Ocean irrelevant: economics as science failing humanity

November 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This guest post from Veritas Curat provides a valuable look at how the science of economics drives answers that undermine humanity’s prospects.

Economics is so fundamentally disconnected from the real world it is destructive.
If you take an introductory course in economics, the professor, in the first lecture, will show a slide of the economy, and it [...]

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Tags: analysis

Climate Sanity and the necessity of Fully-Burdened Cost and Benefit Analysis

August 19th, 2012 · 10 Comments

Analysis should enable more informed decision-making. Regrettably, economic and fiscal analyses too often occur in a stove-piped fashion that provides only limited perspectives as to real costs and benefits. Energy and environmental analysis, in particular, suffer from this problem. This has been true from the individual household to business to national policy level discussions [...]

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Tags: Global Warming · analysis · climate change · environmental economics

Did ACEEE diss the power of feedback?

April 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Understanding how feedback impacts people and institutions (whether in sports, school, militaryoperations, or …) in learning and change (hopefully, improvement) is a complex and fascinatingworld.  Data collection and feedback systems, as a tool for providing building/system operators the ability to make more informed decisions about energy use, are a critical pathway toward more effective (generally, [...]

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Tags: Energy · analysis · electricity · energy efficiency · energy home

Regulatory Red Herrings: Twists and Turns in Job Impacts

April 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

We’ve seen this clearly with Keystone XL pipeline. Proponents are letting us (all of U.S.) know that it will create 6500 … or 25,000 … or 100,000 … or over 1,000,000 jobs. In some ways, ‘just believe me’ type claims. The only independent analysis, to date, suggests that Keystone XL pipeline construction — even without [...]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · analysis · economics · environmental · environmental economics · global warming deniers