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In my best Thomas Dolby voice: SCIENCE! ...According to a paper published in the journal Science on Thursday, Americans are willing to pay $17.2 billion to prevent another BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Thanks to a team of scientists who conducted a six-year study into the effects of the 134-million-gallon... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
The simple minimum wage example in a principles of microeconomics goes something like this: If the minimum price of labor (wage) is set above the existing equilibrium wage in the market for labor, the result will be a decrease in the quantity demanded for labor (hiring), and an increase in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
Blatant self-promotion alert. Just a reminder to read John and my article: What do Environmental and Resource Economists Think? in the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. Right now we're #4 on the Most Read list, but we're not happy until we're #1. And why wouldn't we be with profound... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
I imagine a Trump family meeting goes something like this*: Donald: "OK kids, what can we do to make your lives better?" Baron: "Gee Dad, I wouldn't mind being able to leave my shoes all over the foyer when I walk in the door." Tiffany: "I hate cleaning up after... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Environmental Economics
New York just passed free college tuition--equating college education today to high school of the past: "Today, college is what high school was -- it should always be an option even if you can't afford it," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
While sitting at home recovering from my recent neck surgery I had plenty of time to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament (AKA March Madness, AKA Crap Shoot). To occupy some of my time I entered some of the big (free, non-gambling, for entertainment purposes only) online bracket challenges. The ESPN... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I know this isn't environmental, but it's policy related, and I find the health insurance policy debate interesting, and I think market-based policy can go a long way toward solving environmental issues and health care, and just because it's not environmental hasn't stopped us from posting about it before, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Am I the only one who hears Roger Daltry singing at the end of that quote?
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I'm not sure why we haven't thought of this before, but we need a category for just plain odd statements from politicians/policy makers. Thankfully, George W. Bush** has given us the perfect title for the category: Former President George W. Bush reportedly thought President Trump's inauguration speech "was some weird... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Ah, you've adopted the Haab model of meeting attendance?
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Now things are really getting fun: In an extraordinary speech the EU Commission president said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if the Republican president does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU. The remarks are diplomatic dynamite... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From the front page of the Columbus Dispatch: As President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday easing environmental regulations, he said to coal miners standing nearby: "You know what it says, right? You're going back to work. But it's not quite that simple. The announcement could have mixed effects... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I know we're not supposed to consider the benefits of regulations under the current administration, but it's questions like the title here that pop into my head when I see this: "But I think the President has been very clear that he is not going to pursue climate change policies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Yesterday I posted about Lamar Smith and his attempts to dismiss science because it can be, well, less than certain. Here's another good example (from FIveThirtyEight's SigDig today): A study published in Nature found that about 50 percent of the platelets in the bloodstream are made in the lungs, not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Lamar Smith is scary (to me at least): Emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump, Smith appears increasingly comfortable dismissing those who disagree with his stance on any number of issues under the purview of his science committee, from climate research to the use of peer review in assessing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Environmental Economics
'It's going to be an incredible pipeline, greatest technology known to man - or woman,' Trump bragged from the Oval Office. Read more: Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Apologies to those of you who have missed me the last few weeks (hi mom!) as I have recovered from taking care of some lingering neck issues from my years of head banging to 80's hair bands. I'm back on my feet (computer) and ready to go (from the confines... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Hey, I married an accountant! (as I sit at home sending e-mails rather than pick up the phone and talk to an actual person).
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I've always wanted an alias: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used a separate email account under the name Wayne Tracker when he was CEO of Exxon, the New York attorney general revealed in a court filing asking to get more documents. Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, used the Wayne... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Wow. I'm stunned.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2017 on R.I.P. Greg Poe at Environmental Economics
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Here are some of the EPA program cuts proposed by President Trump: Source: Alt National Park Service on FB *The benefit/cost analysis tag on this post is meant to be ironic. Just not in a funny way. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I usually appreciate sarcasm, but really, wouldn't it have taken less time to fill out the survey than it would to type me a formal letter dripping with sarcasm? Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics