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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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I received four emails today with "Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists X, Y, Month Year is now available online" in the subject line, where X, Y is: Vol. 1, No. 3 Vol. 1, No. 4 Vol. 2, No. 1 Vol. 2, No. 2 This represents the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
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Rainy days and Mondays always get me down: On Monday, researchers from Yale and Utah State University unveiled a new statistical technique that allows an in-depth accounting of Americans’ attitudes toward global warming. The resulting maps—down to the county level—reveal some interesting takeaways. via common-resources.org Here is my favorite: Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
Justice in Ontario*: Canada’s provinces are taking command of the nation’s battle against climate change, seizing the initiative from a reluctant federal government as the clock ticks down to a crucial international climate agreement later this year. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday signed a historic deal to join Quebec’s... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
We provided a PSA and here is the postcript: My third "ask me anything" on Reddit was the most popular so far. There were 2,700+ comments (300+ from me) on a range of topics. Many were directed at silver bullet solutions ("reduce demand through vegetarianism!" or "increase supply with desalination!"),... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Environmental Economics
We try to cast everything as a comparison of marginal benefits and marginal costs. Since spring break I've done it for energy, forests and fish!
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I consider the biggest complement my dean gave me in my annual review this year was that I've done a good job remaining a faculty member (which I'll be full-time again in two long years)!
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http://comicskingdom.com/mark-trail/2015-04-06 I don't think there is much Mark can do against an enemy as invasive species. But, we'll see soon. The DOA just showed up today to "investigate the strange beetles Mark found on trees in Wallace Wood's tree farm." And, I might be dim, but considering the simple Faustmann... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
My guess is that picking any two issues like that would generate a larger number of "libertarians" than if you considered a wider range of issues in the GSS. Most economists have libertarian economic views until the market fails to allocate resources efficiently and then we are in favor of government intervention (at least that is what we teach).
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From the inbox: Dr. Deidre McCloskey,a Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a talk titled "Use and Misuse of Statistical Methods" on Thursday, April 9 at 3 pm in room 118 in Anne Belk Hall. This is a talk that is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Environmental Economics
David Zetland will "be answering Qs for the next 6/12/24 hrs": Hi Reddit! I did AMAs in November and July last year, but water crises are back in the news. That's because "Nature makes a drought, but man makes a shortage." I'm here to answer any and all questions related... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 9, 2015 at Environmental Economics
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There were two interesting posts about Rand Paul from Krugman and Mankiw: Paul Krugman says there aren't enough libertarians in the U.S. to make a libertarian candidate like Rand Paul viable. I am not so sure about the paucity of libertarians, but even so, I doubt that Rand Paul is... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 9, 2015 at Environmental Economics
I looked at the Braves box score and didn't even recognize but a couple players.
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I didn't even know Editorial Manager was sending those out :)
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Oh dear, that's embarrassing!
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Not because I think low gas prices are a good thing: The Energy Department predicted on Tuesday that motorists would pay the lowest prices at the pump this summer since 2009, even though falling global oil prices have gained back some ground in recent days. In its short-term energy forecast,... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
I'd start filling up gallon jugs today: At a time when Californians need to be conserving water the most, many are doing the opposite: Water use in the midst of a severe and worsening drought declined by only 2.8 percent in February. The dismal figure — brought about in part... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
"March Sadness": We all look forward to One Shining Moment every year to celebrate the great moments of March Madness… but there’s another side to this great event. A darker, more depressing, more sorrowful side as well. 67 teams and hundreds of players and thousands of fans saw their dreams... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Meredith Fowlie: The use of moral suasion to encourage conservation is not unique to California. Public appeals for reductions in energy and water use are ubiquitous. And it is easy to see why. For political and jurisdictional reasons, it is often easier to mount a conservation campaign than raise energy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
It is hard to imagine anti-Steve Jobs becoming POTUS.
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"America's finest news source": With residents struggling to adjust to newly imposed restrictions on water usage amid the state’s continuing drought, California officials assured citizens Monday there are still plenty of other resources available for them to waste. “Although we as a state must take serious and difficult steps to... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
From the comments: There was another "EnvEcon" (no dash) bracket at ESPN (http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2015/en/group?groupID=347085) with 14 more brackets. Probably some, like me, mistakenly joined that group. Prof. Heintzelman might want a shot at glory this year, as he'd be in fourth place in Env-Econ this year ... with a shot at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
From the RESECON list: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 5:00pm SEEPAC will be hosting a two day workshop October 9-10 on Advances in the Economics of Climate Change. Attendance is by invitation only. Objectives: The purpose of the workshop is to identify and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
My iPhone 5c (which I've learned is a notoriously crappy phone) stopped telling time accurately back before Christmas. The clock is slow, very slow. Like, when I took this screenshot it was not 12:42 pm. When it first started my alarm wouldn't go off and I'd oversleep in the morning.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Environmental Economics