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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

Climate Sanity and the necessity of Fully-Burdened Cost and Benefit Analysis

August 19th, 2012 · 17 Comments

Analysis should enable more informed decision-making. Regrettably, economic and fiscal analyses too often occur in a stove-piped fashion that provides only limited perspectives as to real costs and benefits. Energy and environmental analysis, in particular, suffer from this problem. This has been true from the individual household to business to national policy level discussions where, almost, […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · environmental economics · Global Warming

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

On refusing to be rounded out of existence

May 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

This guest post comes from James Wells who eloquently and passionately is outlining the detrimental implications of short-term thinking embrace of coal exports. The phrase, arriving in the middle of a deeply technical presentation, stood out for everything it said in just one sentence. “They’re just going to be rounded out of existence, because they […]

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Tags: China · coal · Energy · environmental · environmental economics · environmental justice

Aloha to Sustainability

April 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This guest post from James Wells provides thinking about islanding and sustainability sparked by a trip to ‘the’ Islands. On the way to catch up with my family on the island, I met Kai, who was the last of the siblings gathering for the imminent end of their father’s voyage.  Although for the most difficult […]

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Tags: environmental · environmental economics · Global Warming · guest post

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

OIRA: White House’s Open Door to Lobbyists to Gut EPA Regs+

November 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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 and Budget, […]

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Tags: analysis · economics · environmental · environmental economics · Obama Administration

Caring Coal

May 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Reminiscent a bit of Caroling Coal, my in-box this morning was deluged with Peabody Energy press releases (see full material after the fold) and other announcements of a new public relations campaign:  Coal Cares.  Evidently stung by the medical community’s highlighting of the linkages between the burning of coal (mainly for electricity) and health problems in […]

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Tags: coal · emissions · Energy · environmental · environmental economics · pollution

Florida fights to increase nutrient pollution, algae blooms, and midge population

May 6th, 2011 · No Comments

This guest post from DWG provides a window on depressing developments in Florida highlighing the likely impacts of pending (soon to be signed) legislation. Nothing attracts tourists, increases property values, and improves quality of life like water choked with algae and clouds of aquatic midges hovering nearby. Fortunately, Governor Rick Scott and his Republican allies […]

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Tags: environmental · environmental economics · pollution

Republican Whitfield Hates Investments That Pay Off for Taxpayer: Killing the Greening the Capitol Initiative

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

As part of the general agenda to drag America into a nightmarish Mr Rogers’ neighborhood, the Republican House Majority is pushing through legislation that will savage the U.S. government’s ability to monitor risks to the public and inform decision-makers about how to move forward to address these threats. And, they are also savaging programs — […]

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Tags: Congress · Energy · environmental · environmental economics · government energy policy · green · political symbols · politics