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Just wanted to update my readers on the amount of greed in the economy. In March of this year, the average retail price of gasoline was $3.85. In the first week of November, the average retail price of gasoline was $3.34. So, I guess gas and oil companies are feeling 13% less greedy these days! […]

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The Big Numbers Boogeyman

On my first environmental economics quiz I asked my students to come up with an example of an environmental alarmist using big numbers to make a point. Typically those numbers are used with the express intention of scaring the daylights out of readers, perhaps to argue from intimidation, and very rarely (never?) are they juxtaposed […]

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I don’t know whether economics or climate reporting produces the most garbage. Here’s today’s candidate¬†for “best” article of the week: He contends temperatures have not risen since 1998, which was unusually hot. Temperature records contradict that claim. Both 2005 and 2010 were warmer than 1998, and the entire decade of 2000 to 2009 was the […]

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