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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June 24th, 2014 · No Comments
February 24th, 2014 · No Comments
Another guest post from the very thoughtful BruceMcF.
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, as per The [...]
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 [...]
September 2nd, 2013 · No Comments
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 …
You should be.
And, the great news:
A path exists to do all this.
This is [...]
January 12th, 2013 · 1 Comment
This guest post comes from James Wells.
When you think of “?growth”,? what comes to mind? Progress? Improvement? Prosperity? Is the concept of growth a pleasing one?For many people, it is all those things. But this pleasing image might pose a very serious problem, a mental and emotional obstacle to even considering whether traditional economic growth [...]
June 1st, 2012 · No Comments
Guest Blogger J. Siegel has been doing a series of pieces on this blog (list below … latest here) on her work within her own master-metered condominium and, beyond that, on working to develop a community of master-metered communities to share lessons and seek leverage for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to help them [...]
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 [...]
March 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment
The Washington Post editorial board has waged a campaign against electrification of the nation’s transportation system (especially cars), often using true facts in a fashion that creates untruthful truthiness. Today’s Charles Lane OPED celebrating a temporary closure of the Chevy Volt line provides multiple examples of truthiness-laden editoralizing.
Here are just a few examples of how [...]
November 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments
This guest post comes from a scientist who finds himself to be a Fish Out of Water.
Industry lobbyists have unlimited access to the White House to gut health, safety and environmental regulations proposed by the EPA and other regulatory agencies. A secretive, little known part of the White House’s Office of Management [...]