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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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Andrew Gelman: Again, I’m not saying that Heckman and his colleagues are doing this. I can only assume they’re reporting what, to them, are their best estimates. Unfortunately these methods are biased. But a lot of people with classical statistics and econometrics training don’t realize this: they thing regression coefficients... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
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*Doing what it takes: "Hiking" the 4.8 mile roundtrip Grandfather Trail (the last half mile featured thunder, lightning, pouring rain and some hail) at Grandfather Mountain State Park to better understand Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (I think that dead tree in the middle is a Hemlock). The last time I hiked... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
Actually, the mainstream media seems to be covering the non-climate work that Pruitt is doing at the EPA fairly well (e.g., this, this and this): Pruitt argued that the media's focus on climate change has distracted from the work he is doing at the EPA on everything from air pollution... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics
This is the kind of thing I say to annoy and embarrass my kids: Pruitt bristled at the phrase "climate denier," a description that his critics have often applied to him in light of his repeated statements disputing scientific conclusions about the large role humans play in warming the planet.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Oh, I would really enjoy a butt-load of money. I'd feel happy about writing almost anything even if my earlier career was focused on doing the opposite (and I'd probably feel OK about reversing my opinion later if that money was good).
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IKR, if only an oil company would write an abstract and outline of a paper for me and give me a butt-load of money to collect crappy data and demonstrate the crappiness of an empirical method then life would be good!
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Some people will say just about anything: Pruitt repeated his criticism of the Paris deal, casting doubt on whether the United States would remain part of the climate agreement even if the Trump administration rewrites former President Barack Obama's aggressive plan to cut U.S. emissions. When Trump announced the withdrawal... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics
This guy might be the biggest in a large field of hypocrites: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt dismissed European critics of President Donald Trump's climate policies as hypocrites on Wednesday, while chastising German Chancellor Angela Merkel for phasing out her country's nuclear power plants. "I just think the hypocrisy runs rampant,"... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Where have I heard a story like this before? The tech giant Google has paid academics up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to research topics that support the company’s business practices, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal, based on data compiled by the Campaign for Accountability,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 12, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Or, people with strong views on climate change from around the country, some with PhDs and some armed with the Bible, compete in silly competitions to become assistant to the EPA administrator.
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Or teams of climate scientists race around the world with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning the amazing race to explain the truth about climate science.
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They could vote the most obnoxious scientist off the island until the sole survivor gets to explain climate science to the masses: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt wants scientists to debate the science of climate change, possibly on television. Pruitt’s idea, outlined to Reuters, is part of a program... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 12, 2017 at Environmental Economics
No point to this? It is an example of the perfect solution to congestion at beaches ...
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From the inbox: You have made the following changes to your U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development subscriptions: You unsubscribed from topics: Research Grants, Fellowship, and SBIR Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Tyler Cowen on May 3: A number of people have climbed onto Twitter and outlined (correctly) how increased uncertainty about the impact of climate change increases the value of doing something about it. There is downside risk, and of course we wish to buy insurance against that in the form... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
How can it be wrong when it feels so right?
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Yes to this: A sloppy attitude towards statistics has led to exaggerated and unjustified claims becoming commonplace in science, according to one of Britain’s most eminent statisticians. Speaking ahead of his president’s address to the Royal Statistical Society, Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, said that questionable practices such as cherry-picking data... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
This is an interesting reaction to a legitimate question: In January 2017, a chemist based in Mexico had finished writing a paper describing the structure of a molecule. Sylvain Bernès, at the Instituto de Física Luis Rivera Terrazas, asked his co-author—the head of the lab where the molecule had been... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I'm sending this message to a bunch of people that sent me a message that I never replied to (and I should have): Sorry that I never got back to you on this ... I just stepped down as department chair and I hope to be a better human being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Alan Krupnick: Monday, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the Trump administration’s recent decision to delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rule limiting methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, the largest source of methane emissions in the United States. The rule, which was... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 7, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Alan Krupnick: A striking feature of President Trump’s recent energy speech for me is that there is not a word to be found about the environment and health protections. The regulations President Trump wants to rollback are there for that reason. ... via www.rff.org The guiding principle for the current... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 5, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Hello, John Whitehead is happy to report that he is no longer a part-time academic administrator (i.e., Economics Department Chair). If your email is regarding department business, please redirect it to our new chair Todd Cherry at cherrytl at appstate.edu. John Whitehead is also happy to report that he is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Environmental Economics
1/ Looooong tweetstorm on use of contingent valuation method in Exxon Valdez case & what it says on how economics science & expertise work pic.twitter.com/SohMYTwnh7 — Beatrice Cherrier (@Undercoverhist) June 25, 2017 These 48 tweets cover the article that Tim posted earlier and also this one by Spencer Banzhaf (who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Environmental Economics