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

March 10th, 2016 · No Comments

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 · No Comments

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 · No Comments

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 · No Comments

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 · 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 … Intrigued? You should be. And, the […]

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Tags: economics · green · green schools

Reclaiming Growth

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 […]

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Tags: economics · environmental · environmental economics

Master Meters: Who pays? And, why pay?

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 […]

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Tags: economics · electricity · Energy · energy smart · environmental · environmental economics · master metering

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