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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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Sea turtle eggs! Comment #29 from Referee #2: Then you call your results "tentative" in the last paragraph – after I’ve pushed through 26 pages of frustrating doubts created by weak exposition. Sorry, I’m really not a happy reader!! From the punctuation dictionary: There is some dispute in regards to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
Sigh of relief. I assumed the referee wasn't an idiot and the problem was all mine. This paper has been rejected by four journals, one after a revise and resubmit, and we haven't been told that the writing is substandard until now.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Burn! at Environmental Economics
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From the Walker College Sustainable Business News website: The Department of Economics and the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis (CERPA) at Appalachian State University will host its 4th annual Appalachian Experimental and Environmental Economics Workshop on April 29-30, 2016 at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM)... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
From Referee #2: Unfortunately, I find the exposition of the paper rather to be substantially weaker than I would expect for an article of this type at any journal .... I found several aspects of the process for how the survey questions were assigned or presented to respondents, and how... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Environmental Economics
The WSJ Weekly Review reminds me: EPA Defends Cost of 2015 Mercury Rules in Updated Analysis by: Amy Harder Apr 16, 2016 Click here to view the full article on WSJ.com TOPICS: Environmental Regulation SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency issued an updated cost analysis, defending its issuance of the first-ever... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Insert "quasi" and we're all good.
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Also, you didn't claim that RFF discovered the price mechanism.
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Sorry that I saw the PERC article (two nights ago in Feedly) before yours (here and yesterday morning in my gmail). Yours is much better for two reasons: 1. recognizing peak load pricing 2. no environmentalist bashing Here is today's post: http://www.env-econ.net/2016/04/protecting-our-national-parks-changing-the-structure-of-entrance-fees-can-help-resources-for-the-future.html
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Margaret Walls (emphasis added): The parks have been blessed, and cursed, with an overwhelming number of visitors in recent years—a record 307 million in 2015. After many years in which visitation stayed relatively constant, many parks have seen increases of 20 to 25 percent over the past 10 years. ...... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 20, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Reed Watson: Today’s myth: As taxpaying citizens, we should not pay to visit our national parks. Fact: Our national parks are chronically underfunded and visitor fees provide critical, though currently insufficient, funding for park operations and maintenance. We Americans fancy ourselves a nation of conservationists. We claim ecologically sensitive and... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 19, 2016 at Environmental Economics
About a month ago it seemed as if the Supreme Court delayed the Mercury Rule because the required benefit-cost analysis wasn't ex-ante enough. In effect, the Supreme Court ordered the EPA to go back in time and conduct the analysis again: EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison ... confirmed that the EPA... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Environmental Economics
For your cartels and game theory lecture: When officials from OPEC, Russia and some other oil-producing countries meet this weekend in Doha, Qatar, to discuss freezing petroleum production at current levels, the session’s significance might have more to do with style than substance. The fact is that the two biggest... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 14, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Good ol' Rex: Saying the multinational oil and gas conglomerate had “really dodged a bullet,” ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson told reporters Wednesday how relieved he was now that it was finally too late to do anything about climate change. The 64-year-old petroleum executive, who acknowledged that throughout his career he... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 14, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Dallas Burtraw: As the political likelihood of passing comprehensive national climate policy has remained low, many states have taken up the mantle. This devolution of climate policy has been further reinforced by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) efforts to regulate carbon dioxide from existing power plants under the Clean... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 12, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Be careful not to confuse the first and second derivatives (I think that is the correct mathematical expression*): Throughout the 20th century, the global economy was fueled by burning coal to run factories and power plants, and burning oil to move planes, trains and automobiles. The more coal and oil... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 11, 2016 at Environmental Economics
The Onion: Top vanilla producer Madagascar is experiencing a shortage of the plant due to rising global demand for natural flavorings, potentially leading to a spike in ice cream prices this summer. What do you think? “I have this six-year-old bottle of extract in my cupboard, if that helps things.”... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 11, 2016 at Environmental Economics
The court approved the settlement between the government and BP for the Deepwater Horizon NRDA: Today—nearly six years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began—the court approved a settlement with BP for natural resource injuries stemming from the spill. This settlement concludes the largest natural resource damage assessment ever undertaken.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Environmental Economics
With zero chance of a carbon tax in the U.S., here are some important examples of adaptation: With experts predicting that the effects of global warming could be catastrophic in the next 50 years, here are some ways that coastal cities are addressing the challenges of rising sea levels: Bar... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 6, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Would someone please starting planning their voting study? An initiative that would create a carbon tax in Washington state is now headed to the November ballot. Lawmakers adjourned the special legislative session late Tuesday without taking action on Initiative 732, thus sending the statewide ballot measure to voters. I-732 would... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 4, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Because I work at a nonunionized, midsized*, rural institution: Full-time instructors at regional public universities earn an average of about $21,000, or nearly 25 percent, more in pay and benefits annually if they belong to a union, concludes a groundbreaking new study of compensation at such institutions. The location and... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 4, 2016 at Environmental Economics
UNC Charlotte Economics Seminar Series: 2015 – 2016 4/1 John Whitehead Appalachian State Estimating Lost Recreational Use Value of Visitors to Northwest Florida from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill using Revealed and Stated Preference Data 10-11:30am, Friday 207 Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Shelley DuBois at Retraction Watch: A controversy surrounding a 2014 Journal of Environmental Management paper has tapped into a larger scientific and economic issue — how to tally up the damage after an oil spill. The original paper, called “A revealed preference approach to valuing non-market recreational fishing losses from... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 31, 2016 at Environmental Economics
What Whitesnake song would you like us to sing?
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For all you political candidates who are promising to make sure the government does benefit-cost analysis for new regulations, congratulations! you've already made good on a campaign promise! Jo Craven McGinty in a Behind the Numbers WSJ blog post: Government agencies are required to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for every... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 30, 2016 at Environmental Economics