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So, this hit my inbox: Happy Earth Day! You are receiving this email as someone who has participated in the University of Rochester’s Go Green Pledge. As of April 1, 2015, you, along with 2,060 people have taken the pledge including students, faculty, staff, andRochester community friends. On this Earth Day, we invite you to […]

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Happy Mirth Day

One of my favorite aspects of discussing environmental economics is the typical “bait and switch” or simply change of direction whenever environmental cost-benefit figures come up. For example, I’ve been called all kinds of names for things like this and have had it said that, “well, umm, ehhh, ekkk, well, there’s more to the world […]

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French Press

The French just passed legislation requiring all commercial buildings to install solar panels or install plants on their roofs. I am sure that the following questions were asked and smartly debated before passage: What externality is this solving that could not be done more cheaply with taxes or other output regulatory standards? For example, if […]

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You will see in Wednesday’s post that the best argument GM can give for why they get so much in subsidies to produce a Volt is because, “the damn Koreans and Japanese do it more than we do.” Aside from the economics of that, pause for a moment to reflect on how we run our […]

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Here’s what my brother has been up to in Missoula, MT.  

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My former professor from graduate school is coming to U of R tomorrow: Speaker to Address Carbon Emission Reduction “Robert Frank, the H.J. Louis Professor of Management and professor of economics at Cornell, will present “Reducing Carbon Emissions Will Be Easier Than Many People Think” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Morey Hall, Room […]

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Things I Used to Blog About

My university launches a new “Center for Renewable Energy.” Among my favorites: The new center will also focus on the health impacts of changing energy resources. For example, researchers from the University’s sciences, engineering, and humanities departments will work closely with its Medical Center on inhalation, exposure, and toxicology studies to understand the health effects […]

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On Labeling

80% of Americans, it is said, believe that food products containing DNA should be labeled.

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Which is More Dangerous Threat?

The long-term economic and environmental consequences of climate change or The long-term economic and environmental consequences of climate activists HT: someone other than me

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The inevitable has become reality: New York State has banned fracking. Makes this sort of thing rather laughable, now doesn’t it? What can I really say? The epidemiology is not there to support “fracking” as being particularly dangerous. The environmental research is not there to support the idea that it is particularly harmful. Remember, good […]

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