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When it comes to #WhiteHouse proposed oil fee, #CRS myopically sees only costs & not benefits?

February 11th, 2016 · No Comments

UPFRONT NOTE:  President Obama’s proposed 21st century clean transportation program, funded by a $10 fee per barrel of oil, would likely have significant positive return on investment: reduced fossil fuel pollution impacts, improved economic activity in areas with mass and other transit investments, reduced economic vulnerability to oil market volatility and price shocks, reduced oil imports, […]

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Tags: analysis · Cost-Benefit Analysis · Obama Administration · oil · transportation

Analysis again shows: clean energy future totally affordable

January 26th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Without doing fully burdened cost-benefit analysis, NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers analyzed various electricity portfolios (article) over the coming decade and found that: Even in a scenario where renewable energy costs more than experts predict, the model produced a system that cuts CO2 emissions 33 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and delivered electricity […]

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Tags: analysis · electricity · emissions · Energy

Reasons to apply a skeptical mindset to claims of disaster due to @EPA regulation …

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 […]

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Tags: analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · coal · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · Obama Administration

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

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 is […]

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

Steer-ing the climate conversation to sanity re economic analysis

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 […]

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

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

October 28th, 2013 · 7 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 […]

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

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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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 […]

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

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 makes […]

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Tags: analysis · Energy

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, […]

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