I’ve spent a lot of time and energy talking about the need to adapt to climate change, but I’ve also become increasingly uneasy about “adaptation” as a way to think about the situation.
One of the things I don’t like about the term “adaptation” is that it suggests that we actually … More >
On Nov. 1, President Obama issued an Executive Order intended “to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.”
In some respects, this order simply continues ongoing efforts. Under this administration, the executive branch has already been doing a great deal … More >
As it turns out, many of the same people who deny that climate change is a problem also deny that government default would be a problem. No doubt there are several reasons: the fact that Barack Obama is on the opposite side of both issues; the general impermeability of ideologues to facts … More >
I’ve written before about how fossil fuel industries have a strong incentive to kill (or at least stop the rise of) renewable energy now, so that it doesn’t become a powerful political force. If renewable energy does become a strong enough political force, then there is a risk that it … More >
A basic economic principle is government ought to tax what we want to discourage, and not tax what we want to encourage.
For example, if we want less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we should tax carbon polluters. On the other hand, if we want more students from lower-income families to … More >
Just for amusement:
On a summer day.
Across the hilltops,
Slowly wheeling their white blades,
Stand lines of windmills.
A nap in the shade,
Dreaming that new studies make
Fox News fall silent.
“Global climate change” –
A long and abstract title
For a world in pain.
A beautiful day,
But don’t spend your time outside:
High ozone levels!
Cross-posted from the environmental … More >
I have been teaching and working as an environmental economist for 40 years and I consider climate change and population growth as the most pressing challenges facing humanity. While I am familiar with much of the political rhetoric surrounding these issues, still I found myself wondering why not much has … More >
When it was launched in 2005, the European Union cap and trade program for greenhouse gases (known as the Emissions Trading System or EU-ETS) was a bold and important step in addressing climate change. But from the beginning, the EU-ETS has often been a painful learning experience, much of the … More >
It’s the beginning of summer, which means the beginning of driving season. Perhaps anticipating summer driving, many people bought new vehicles last month, putting automakers on track to have the best year since 2007.
So, here’s a question, particularly for readers who were part of this vehicle-buying wave:
Which of the following … More >