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If the entire world not only turned vegetarian, but also vegan, and ALSO wanted to do so under the seal of “organic” … would it be possible? Ignore for the time being any difference in yields that such practices would imply and ask only the following: where would the fertilizer come from? If we went […]

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Straw Mann at it Again

Perhaps ironic that on a lecture on “Academic and Intellectual Freedom”¬†we get the following: Throughout his lecture, Mann dissected the ways in which climate change is often portrayed as a debatable phenomenon. For instance, when climate change is a news show topic, producers will host a scientist alongside a “climate change contrarian,” even though a […]

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Global warming (or climate change or whatever I am supposed to call it) is real. Doubling of CO2 concentrations should increase temperatures by 1 degree C absent feedback. The “expert” consensus on the ECS is something between 1.5C and 4.5C, but really, it is hard to nail down a precise answer. CO2 concentrations have increased […]

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My eyes tend to gravitate toward climate and labor market issues, so I encounter the following two “arguments” all of the time. (1) There are those who present global temperature data in the following way: “if you look at global temperature records, the rate of temperature increase around the planet has either slowed or paused […]

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You may want to compare and contrast the expected economic impacts of these two things. I would inform you about Global Warming, but I do not want the fires of Hades to engulf me for daring to do so, you’ll just have to go take some climate expert’s word for what the economic impacts will […]

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To appreciate the state of the “debate”, replace every use of the term “climate change” in a debate with “Genetically Modified Organisms.” If an economist dares to speak on climate change, lighting bolts will descend upon her from the heavens and the fires of Hades will engulf her from below If you see the word […]

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Many of you are well aware of the Keynesian push for boosting aggregate demand when an economy is slumping. Indeed, we rarely are told when the economy is doing well enough to not need a shot in the arm. That suits many of our political biases. So, I ask this question in all seriousness. Don’t […]

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I’ve got a lot of subsections of applications that I can cover in any particular semester in my Environmental Economics course. I decided that before spending my entire summer prepping up materials in the dark, I would ask my students which extra topics they would be most and least interested in learning more about. I […]

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The Coming Carbon Shortage

I bet you’d love some musings on that. In a very related matter, I just perused the New York Times today and came across this article from President Kennedy’s granddaughter Tatiana: It’s hard to see, but they put this column in the category under “Climate.” Just a couple of thoughts. First, obviously any article covering […]

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Red Meat

Steak demand seems to be positively correlated with how red your politics are (HT: Jason Lusk and his Food Demands Survey).

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