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Balancing budget key path to #ActOnClimate?

October 3rd, 2017 · Comments Off on Balancing budget key path to #ActOnClimate?

Writ large, there is relatively small overlap between “budget hawks” and “climate hawks”.  Yet, as highlighted in a just released Oil Change International (OCI) report, there is reason for the two to find common ground (beyond a carbon fee/tax). OCI identified $20B in Subsidies … where the government gives financial incentives to artificially lower the […]

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Tags: economics · Energy

#HurricaneHarvey & the #HoustonFloods proves #climate adaptation investments can pay off …

August 31st, 2017 · 1 Comment

Scenes of the Cajun Navy, CNN rescues, Waffle House and other businesses acting decently to great, and basic human decency (even heroism) seem to dominate ‘the’ story as to helping Houstonians amid and after Hurricane Harvey’s (still probably inconceivable for all of us who were under its) 50 inches of rain. AJ+  ?@ajplus As emergency […]

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Tags: climate change · economics

The power of solar and oil …

August 16th, 2017 · Comments Off on The power of solar and oil …

The decades-long stark separation of ‘transportation’ and ‘stationary’ energy markets is breaking down in multiple ways. While one of the prime ways is transportation electrification (rail and automotive), there has been significant growth in the use of liquid fuels for electricity generation: primarily in oil producing nations but also areas with inadequate to non-existent electricity […]

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Tags: economics · oil · solar

Republican Congressman installs geothermal energy, expresses fundamental understanding of our energy challenges

March 10th, 2016 · Comments Off on Republican Congressman installs geothermal energy, expresses fundamental understanding of our energy challenges

Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1), with a lifetime League of Conservation Voters (LCV) rating of 18%, recently replaced his heating system with a geothermal heating cooling system. His description of why to this: “I had an inclination to want to do it because I’m interested in trying to drive toward micro-energy production, distributed energy, conservation […]

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Tags: economics

The ultimate buzz kill: climate change drives down sex drive …

November 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on The ultimate buzz kill: climate change drives down sex drive …

We’ve known that climate change threatens agricultural productivity, infrastructure near oceans, human health, biodiversity (and huge numbers of species), sea turtle intercourse, national security, allergy sufferers, economic output, beer, chocolate and coffee, wine, whiskey, cherry blossoms, maple syrup, and, oh by the way, human civilization …. but sex … now we’re talking about something serious. […]

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Tags: climate change · economics

When it comes to Climate: Inaction costs, Action benefits

June 24th, 2014 · Comments Off on When it comes to Climate: Inaction costs, Action benefits

Simply put, the economic analysis related to climate change issues in public debates has systematically gotten things wrong.  The very nature of the analytical process fosters an exaggerated projection of costs and an understatement of benefits from climate mitigation and adaptation investments.  This fosters a discussion of the “costs” of action, rather than a more […]

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Tags: climate change · economics · world bank

Portfolio Theory vs the Myth of Intermittent Wind Power

February 24th, 2014 · Comments Off on Portfolio Theory vs the Myth of Intermittent Wind Power

Another guest post from the very thoughtful BruceMcF. Several points: Key:  If viewed as “portfolio” (and combined with advancing smart grid and storage options as penetration increases), clean energy can phase into replace 100% of the fossil-foolish electricity grid. Second, BruceMcF violates the cardinal law of debunking myths (here):   Don’t lead with the myth because, […]

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Tags: economics · electricity · emissions · Energy · wind power

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

Green Schools to Improve Educational Performance … and save money … and …

September 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Green Schools to Improve Educational Performance … and save money … and …

To America’s School Boards, What if I could you offer you a reliable path to … Improve Educational Results Improve Student, Teacher, and Staff morale Improve Student, Teacher, and Staff health Create Jobs in the Local Economy Improve Economic Performance in the near-, mid-, and long-term Save money … Intrigued? You should be. And, the […]

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Tags: economics · green · green schools