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The power of passive …

May 5th, 2014 · Comments Off on The power of passive …

Around the planet, difficult cultural norms exist for writing.  Avoidance of direct discussion and attribution seem to be the norm for many nations.  Over recent decades, the U.S. business world has adopted an emphasis on using more direct language with the active voice.  When it comes to passive voices, a standard recommendation: Use the passive […]

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Tags: climate change

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

OMG … Can IER read English?

August 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment

An MIT economist publishes a paper explaining that key economic modeling of climate change is wrong primarily because the models do not account for the risk of catastrophic climate chaos, but essentially have linear analysis that fosters a greatly understated accounting of the risks that climate chaos will devastate not just human prospects in the […]

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Tags: analysis

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

Fishbowl declares Ocean irrelevant: economics as science failing humanity

November 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This guest post from Veritas Curat provides a valuable look at how the science of economics drives answers that undermine humanity’s prospects. Economics is so fundamentally disconnected from the real world it is destructive. If you take an introductory course in economics, the professor, in the first lecture, will show a slide of the economy, […]

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Tags: analysis

Advocates for climate mitigation again understate case?

April 23rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

Friday, the Center for Climate Strategies released a study showing that making national policy of 23 measures already in play in Red and Blue and Purple states across the nation would lead to millions of additional jobs and significant carbon reductions. This study shows, quite clearly, that serious climate mitigation efforts should not be discussed […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · climate legislation · Congress · Energy · government energy policy

Nobel Prize Winner’s Must Read … with a significant omission

April 10th, 2010 · 4 Comments

The New York Times Sunday magazine will feature a tour de force on climate economics by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman. Entitled Building a Green Economy, a more appropriate title might be Climate Economics 101 and it should be required reading of every single Member of Congress and any journalist who writes on the […]

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Tags: catastrophic climate change · climate change · Energy · Global Warming

Fellow Univ of Chicago Professor Owns Super Freaky Economist Levitt

October 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Professor Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Louis Block Professor in the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago Geosciences, has published An Open Letter to Steven Levitt, the nation’s Super Freakiest Economist. To put it simply, Pierrehumbert owns Levitt. By now there have been many detailed dissections of everything that is wrong with the treatment of climate […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · Energy · Global Warming

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 […]

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

The American Dream … Time for a Redefinition?

September 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

What follows is a guest post (the quotation material), with some commentary, from Stranded Wind who has a major focus on finding routes for solutions and opportunities amid the perfect storm of economic problems, peak oil (and other resource constraints), and global warming.  One of the streams of discussion, with various degrees of urgency and […]

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Tags: analysis · catastrophic climate change · climate change · Energy · environmental · Global Warming