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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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Upon talking to many farmers and examining the literature, it is pretty clear that one producer advantage of using “organic” production methods to grow crops is that it allows sellers to price discriminate and charge higher prices for these products than more conventionally produced fruits, grains and vegetables. Indeed, a recent meta-study concluded that the […]

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Do you know of a study that has examined both (the difference) between the market value of the global assets at risk over the next 100 years from rising sea levels and increasing storm intensity versus the replacement value of the global assets at risk over the next 100 years from rising sea levels and increasing storm intensity? Do […]

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