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There is a drumbeat of support for the idea that we can and should all live simpler lives. I actually try to do that, at least a bit. And when we sit back and think about it, from a material standpoint, we really do not need very much in order to live a comfortable and […]

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OK, if the scientific method is a tool of western cis-white-privilege, how will the case to fight global warming be made? And wouldn’t proposed solutions therefore be thinly veiled ways to further ensconce that privilege? Throttling economic development, localism, banning of gas and conventional fuels, etc. will all hurt people who have yet to experience […]

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Posted below without comment: Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc.Conservation Committee Resolution •WHEREAS, the State has regularly acknowledged that the Adirondacks receive 10 to 12 million visitors a year; •WHEREAS, despite this, the State has not made proportional or even significant investments to build the necessary infrastructure to support these numbers, leading to an artificially high rate […]

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Simply buying all of the coal that is in the ground would be fantastically less expensive than almost any climate solution, and respect the property rights of companies and sectors that have invested for many decades in that sector. It would avoid the bounceback problems vis-à-vis carbon taxes and other demand limiting ideas (or the […]

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The city of Jakarta is sinking quite rapidly because of land subsidence (they are removing tons of groundwater).  It is reported that the Northern part of the city has sunk … eight feet … in just the past decade. Why? Largely because city residents freely pump groundwater, causing the land that sits above it to […]

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Would You, For $3 Trillion?

My back of the envelope guess of what the market value of the top 10 oil companies in the world, and all of the coal producers in the world, is about $3 trillion. If climate change is the worst thing to ever face humanity, and we are opposed to nuclear and we don’t think we […]

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For years I have waffled back and forth between being way too reactionary and concerned about the insane ideas that are put forth, or way too lax in trying to stay out of the news. For my own mental health and for what I thought would help contribute to good debate, I have chosen to […]

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The Shame of Recycling

We need not recount here the very simple economics required to determine whether recycling makes sense. The reality of the recycling world is that most of the “valuable” stuff out there is already being recycled and reused, and the question on residential recycling is about how we deal with low-value or even value-less trash in […]

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It is obviously extremely hard to pin down a solid figure for how many people are going to be displaced due to the challenges posed by a warming planet. But virtually every publication I have read on the challenges of global warming rank the issue of “climate refugees” as both a serious political and economic […]

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