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Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
“We don’t just deny evolution,” [19-year old science activist Zack Koplin] says, “We are denying climate change and vaccines and other mainstream science. I’m calling for a Second Giant Leap to change the perception of science in the world.” To that end, Kopplin would like to see $1 trillion of... Continue reading
Reblogged May 14, 2015 at Environmental Economics
... the issues associated with climate change are not that different from the risk issues we deal with in the financial markets every day. We know there’s a risk — we don’t know how big the risk is, we’re not entirely sure about all of the parameters, but we know... Continue reading
Reblogged May 12, 2015 at Environmental Economics
The American Lung Association wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the allowable ozone level to 60 parts per billion. That standard has been hotly debated during the past year, as the U.S. EPA has said it plans to reduce allowable ozone in the air to 65 or 70... Continue reading
Reblogged May 7, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Is it time to rethink the academic conference? Academic conferences are a habit from the past, embraced by the administrativersity as a way to showcase knowledge and to increase productivity in the form of published conference proceedings. We have been complicit. Until now. We believe it is time to ask... Continue reading
Reblogged May 5, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Jose Abreu yells "I got it'' and not "yo lo tengo'' when there's a popup. We now know that for certain via The Baltimore Orioles are currently playing a game in front of no one. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 29, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Second Oldest Daughter of Env-Econ sent me a text informing me that Env-Econ is blocked by her high school's internet-tubes filter. She thinks it is probably because of headlines like this*. That was taken from a quote in the New York Times. Does the high school censor the New York... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Environmental Economics
The IPCC expects a 5-degree world to be characterized by "major extinctions around the globe" and a "reconfiguration of coastlines worldwide." Just beyond that, at 6 degrees, we're looking a "catastro-f***" that would be almost "infinitely costly," said [Gernot Wagner], the Environmental Defense Fund economist [and sporadic contributor to Env-Econ].... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 27, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Good stuff. Wait. You actually get research done? I feel like I am Groundhogs Day with your Tuesday.
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Proximity matters: An energy company from Thailand said today that it is considering building an ethane cracker in Belmont County, a project that could lead to billions of dollars worth of investment. “We are one step closer to landing a new, multibillion-dollar investment in eastern Ohio, and that’s exciting news... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 22, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Unsurprisingly, I beat you by a planet. Not in a good way.
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Ever wonder whether care for the environment outweighs the incentive power of low prices? Wonder no more. Car buyers are trading in hybrid and electric cars for SUVs at a higher rate than ever before, according to a new analysis from car-buying platform The analysis offers a surprising look... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 22, 2015 at Environmental Economics
"For the record, my liberal fantasy is that farmer subsidies should be removed (and I'm OK with paying the true cost of strawberries)" You clearly don't work at a land grant institution.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2015 on Liberal fantasies at Environmental Economics
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You know those before and after pictures of Presidents that show just how much being POTUS ages a person? 5 years as a Department Chair* is taxing. QED. *Or could it be being the father of three teenagers? Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Environmental Economics
“The demand we’re placing on the aquifer and the deep bedrock drilling, which is going on at an alarmingly fast pace, is really scary,” said Tricia Blattler, executive director of the Tulare County Farm Bureau. “Folks are really concerned we’re not going to be able find water in the groundwater... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 20, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Just sayin': UPDATE: For crap's sake (thanks for point his out Mauricio R.), somehow I missed the environmental hook to the story: The beer will come in 22oz bottles and contain 6.3 percent alcohol. Additionally, the beer collaboration will benefit an organization called "Protect Our Winters," which helps fight the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Yesterday I posted an update on the interminable and undeterable march of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer through Ohio. In the related story, it was stated: The emerald ash borer is an invasive species from Asia that destroys vital tissue beneath the bark. State officials estimate there are 3.8 billion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Environmental Economics
John's Mark Trail post from earlier reminded me to post this update on the Ohio Emerald Ash Borer invasion from hell: Central Ohio has been especially hard hit by the ravages of a killer insect that has destroyed tens of thousands of majestic ash trees the last few years. The... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 13, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Interestingly, increased spending has not been going into the pockets of the typical professor. Salaries of full-time faculty members are, on average, barely higher than they were in 1970. Moreover, while 45 years ago 78 percent of college and university professors were full time, today half of postsecondary faculty members... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 13, 2015 at Environmental Economics
After 4 inches of rain this week, the end is in sight. Photo Credit: My iPhone 6 Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Following up on a previous post in which John the editorial ogre so rudely reminded me that I was more than 25 days late on a review, from the inbox: Dear Dr. Haab, Thank you very much for your review of the above-mentioned manuscript. Your comments are much appreciated. You... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Ms. Fiorina was referring to past policies being the cause of the current situation. I agree. Good policy that resulted in efficient water pricing over the last 20 years would have gone a long way toward solving today's problems.
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My favorite part "Ms. Fiorina said that as a result, 70 percent of California’s rainfall “washes out to sea” every year." ...and 99% of California's dirt remains outside every year when it could be tracked inside to help keep vacuum cleaner manufacturers in business.
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“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it.” - Albert Einstein Yesterday, in my Principles of Food and Resource Economics class (135 students--mostly freshmanpeople and sophomores), I was talking about cost-benefit analysis. In particular, I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is blaming California’s water crisis on “liberal environmentalists” who are “willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology.” “With different policies over the last 20 years, all of this could be avoided,” Ms. Fiorina... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2015 at Environmental Economics