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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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An article has been making the rounds recently about scientists at Harvard being fairly certain that aerosolic geoengineering approaches would be able to reduce the GHG effect by 50% or more, and in fact do so in a way that not only cools the planet, but does so in a way to ensure that we […]

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Humans, most of the time, use their brains. We adapt. Here is some pretty startling research from Steven Levitt on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina. Note, that this is not to be construed as advocating breaking windows. he Economic Impact of Hurricane Katrina on its Victims: Evidence from Individual Tax Returns Tatyana Deryugina, Laura Kawano, […]

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How Many?

Stories like this and this will it take before some decent writer or wonk suggests that maybe, possibly, perhaps an “optimal” solution to the global warming problem is to live with the global warming problem? It seems to me that our actions and our words are quite different. Long-time readers know of my affinity for […]

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Suppose you are worried that some particular activity threatens the water that you rely upon. In many cases, since there are so many possible polluters invading “our” water resources and since there are so many people who use a water source, the idea of arranging contracts between polluters and pollutees to get an optimum amount […]

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Global Fuel Subsidies

Lucas Davis has estimated the economic cost of global fuel subsidies. It’s a short and easy to read paper and I think as valuable as any complex paper written in economics. He is estimating only a portion of the economic cost of fossil fuel policy – asking what the “dead weight loss” is due to […]

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As I’ve said a hundred times. the “E”nvironmental movement is going to be responsible for destroying the planet. Coyote was at a meeting of California State Parks officials, you can’t make this stuff up: I watched a 20 minute presentation in which a woman from LA parks talked repeatedly about the urban heat island being a […]

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