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Addressing home affordability through efficiency in financing process

October 15th, 2010 · 3 Comments

There are a myriad of ways in which the U.S. home mortgage system is weak to even broken. The extent of the housing bubble to the shoddy paperwork (and, in too many cases, outright fraud) in foreclosures are just two minor little examples of the problems we face.
One contributing factor — to the housing bubble, [...]

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Tags: Energy · department of energy · energy efficiency · financial policy

Energy Smart Micro-Lending

September 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Today is time to take a moment to make a plug for a specific charity as I am about to write a check and you might want to as well. A bit of background first.
Micro-finance programs are, imo, one of the most empowering developments around the world over the past several decades. Providing sensible [...]

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Tags: Energy · energy smart · financial policy · renewable energy · solar

VP Biden’s excellent Earth Day announcement is perhaps 1% of what we need …

April 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

The day before the 40th Earth Day, VP Joe Biden kicked off a series of White House actions and announcements with an excellent initiative:
selection of 25 communities for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to “ramp-up” energy efficiency building retrofits. Under the Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities, governments, private sector [...]

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Tags: Congress · Energy · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · building green · energy efficiency · environmental · financial policy · global warming deniers · government energy policy · politics

“The most important number you’ve never heard of.”

April 16th, 2010 · 10 Comments

“The Social Cost of Carbon may be the most important number you’ve never heard of” according to Frank Ackerman and Elizabeth Stanton in a recent publication from the Economics for Equity and the Environment Network.
The Social Cost of Carbon (pdf) analyzes the efforts within the U.S. government to develop a value of the economic impact [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · analysis · cap and trade · carbon dioxide · carbon tax · climate change · climate legislation · environmental · financial policy · government energy policy

The Power of No Regrets … a reprise …

December 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Occasionally, it seems worthwhile to resurrect earlier discussions, to try to bring attention to elements that should be part of our national dialogue but which, sadly, seem not ingrained in people’s thinking. No Regrets strategic thinking looks to satisficing — how would this pan out across multiple scenarios. Considering what a No Regrets Strategy would [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · clean emissions · climate change · energy smart · environmental · financial policy · politics · pollution

CBO, Media in Need of Remedial Science Classes

October 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The incisive Natasha Chart of Campaign for America’s Future has a must read discussion of the standard economist’s failures when considering large scale, complex social and environmental issues like climate change.
It’s remarkable how often economists ignore physical reality. Whether they’re suggesting that economies can act as perpetual motion machines or suggesting that resource availability is [...]

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Tags: Congress · Global Warming · analysis · climate change · climate legislation · financial policy

AHIP / CBO Similarities Revealed: Blog Action Day

October 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments

In the last week, several studies (okay, one lobbyist press release packaged as a “study” and the other a real study) have made a splash.
The first, the Price Waterhouse “study” for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) on implications of moving toward a public option and universal coverage.
The other, the month’s old Congressional Budget Office (CBO) [...]

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Tags: Congress · Global Warming · analysis · climate change · energy efficiency · environmental · financial policy · government energy policy

Supporting Rail Electrification with the Climate Bill

October 11th, 2009 · Comments Off

Electrification of rail is one of the most effective currently available technology paths for reducing carbon emissions.
It should be on the top of the policy agenda.
It is, basically, nowhere to be found.
Here is a guest post by the very thoughtful BruceMcF, looking at this gap and providing a path forward for addressing it.
Transport For America [...]

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Tags: Energize America · Energy · climate legislation · environmental · financial policy · government energy policy · rail · trains · transportation

Ways and Means passes stimulus elements, including energy items

January 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Earlier today, House Ways and Means Committee passed “H.R. 598 by a party-line vote of 24 to 13. The legislation will now be combined with other components of the recovery package from other House Committees into H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for consideration by the full House of Representatives next week.”
“This [...]

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Tags: Energy · energy efficiency · financial policy · government energy policy · renewable energy

A W4 Solution: Insulate US from economic and climate devastation

January 14th, 2009 · 10 Comments

President Obama and Congress must act to stimulate the US economy with a package of win-win-win-win (W4) elements that will:

Create and protect jobs throughout the nation
Foster economic activity that will help, through tax revenue, pay for the stimulus
Strengthen the nation’s economic prospects for the long-term, and
Help address other critical challenges: notably energy security and climate [...]

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