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Been reading a book on … apples. Early in the book there is a brief section on the history of good-tasting apples. What the author tells us is that most wild and old-time apples are called “quick spitters” because they taste so bad you spit them out quick. The good fruit, whether originally an accident of […]

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Big Oil Subsidies

In today’s edition of “show me” … inspired by a question from a friend last night: Has there ever been a traditional fossil fuel electricity producer that has received a direct subsidy payment like that which wind gets under the PTC? I did not have an answer. The closest I can think of is the […]

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I sat down with a homebrew last night (a moderately hopped Amber Ale, brewed with house yeast obtained from a local brewery) and watched Food, Inc. There is much to say of course about it. Two quick points for now, I took 6 pages of notes while watching. First is that the documentary starts early […]

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No doubt I’d have chosen biotechnology research. The field was not as developed when I was in college, plus I stupidly decided that a tiny liberal arts college was a perfect place to go to study physics. I can’t think of many better fields that have the potential to help humanity in so many ways, […]

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The NY Tiimes today reports on a new “study” of chemical contamination due to gas drilling in Bradford, PA (not too far from us here in Rochester): An analysis of drinking water sampled from three homes in Bradford County, Pa., revealed traces of a compound commonly found in Marcellus Shale drilling fluids, according to a […]

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Arnold Kling shares an email get received from the higher-ups at Swarthmore College: The managers of Swarthmore College agree that climate change is the most pressing issue of our time and that Swarthmore College can — and must — play a leadership role in helping to curb the seemingly insatiable appetite for fossil fuel. That’s my […]

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Here is a news item from yesterday’s inbox: Study from Beijing Olympics links pollution to lower birth weights When the Chinese government reduced air pollution levels during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, women there gave birth to children with higher birth weights compared to those who were pregnant before and after the games, according to research […]

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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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