Most people think and most analysis occurs in a stove piped fashion. Difficult in conception and more costly in resources (whether brain cells, time or cash), narrow and constrained thinking often fosters not just far from optimal but simply bad decisions. This is true across virtually all of human existence. The energy arena is far [...]
Entries Tagged as 'analysis'
September 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment
September 19th, 2014 · Comments Off
Shaun Donovan, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and former Secretary of the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) along with lead on Hurricane Sandy relief, gave his first public talk as OMB Director this this morning at the Center for American Progress. A notable point: this first talk focused [...]
June 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments
With today’s roll-out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for reducing coal-fired electricity plants carbon emissions, industry interests have been pressuring hard with efforts to undermine public support for EPA action.
Before heading further and in line with the Debunking Handbook, let us start with some basic truths about investing in climate mitigation.
Climate mitigation investments will have [...]
February 23rd, 2014 · 4 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 [...]
February 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment
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 [...]
October 28th, 2013 · 3 Comments
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]