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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 12 hours ago 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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
Received this formal letter from a lawyer today: Reactions: Oops I guess I need to update my participant list Most people usually just ignore the request I'm thinking billable hours are involved Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Sean, that's a great point. Hopefully we can get that data at some point. In my classes I usually use the example of a gas tax in Washington DC to illustrate the difference in local and broader elasticities. This would be a good updated example.
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From Philadelphia supermarkets and distributors say beverage sales have dropped 30 percent to 50 percent after the city instituted a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet drinks. On one hand, these are the same people who want to get the tax repealed, and we don’t have hard numbers yet,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I pulled up preliminary data from a survey I currently have in the field. Here is one of the summary charts: I'm colorblind... ...and confused. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Here is my obligatory Ken Arrow story upon hearing the news of his passing. Arrow was foundational in the field of welfare economics, a field on which most of environmental valuation (my field) is based. A while back--I want to say a decade or so, but really I have no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Environmental Economics
WJZ out of Baltimore, Maryland has a cool time lapse video of the impact that Oysters can have on water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Here's the story: The Oyster Recovery Partnership in Maryland is trying to spread the word about the natural filtration powers of oysters. The organization... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Get writing!
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2017 on Prime-age male at Environmental Economics
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I guess you're not a philosopher.
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The Center for Ethics and Human Values at Ohio State is starting an interdisciplinary monthly workshop that "will serve as fertile ground for interdisciplinary discussion between those in the social sciences and the humanities on the relation between individual and collective decision-making, environmental problems and human and non-human values." The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From the Washington Post: Ideas should be judged by their quality, not their pedigree. I am not usually a fan of Republican tax policy proposals or environmental initiatives. But I strongly support the proposal put forward Wednesday by Republicans George Shultz, James Baker, Martin Feldstein, Hank Paulson, Greg Mankiw and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From Bloomberg: A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders pitched a tax on carbon dioxide to top White House aides Wednesday, selling the plan as an economic win that could drive job growth and yield environmental dividends too. Former Secretary of State James Baker and other members of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Damn, beat me to it.
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From the inbox: An eerie coincidence or a scary reality? An Explanation and Apology Posted on February 6, 2017, by Robert Stavins I have been writing essays at this blog for more than seven years, and until recently, through 100 essays, I tried very hard to keep politics at bay,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Environmental Economics
The Washington Post re-introduces us to Anne Gorsuch, former EPA Administrator under President Reagan and mom of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court: September 30, 1981: Budget cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency will strip 3,200 personnel of their jobs by the end of 1983, eliminating 30... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Environmental Economics
You're fired.
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Is this the replacement for 12291 (and all of its successors)?
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Yep. I just focused on the price effect. The post was getting long.
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