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CNN may have just inadvertently started WWIII. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Environmental Economics
When the Super Bowl comes to town hotels increase prices for rooms. Bars increase prices for drinks. Restaurants increase prices for food. So why when the Super Bowl of hurricanes comes to town would we expect anything less? When they checked rates online as Hurricane Harvey was strengthening and about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Environmental Economics
"If 99 doctors told you you had cancer, and one didn't, who would you believe?" Overheard while sitting in a waiting room this morning. Source was a Vietnam Veteran (he was wearing a hat that said so), talking to his wife about global warming (I have no idea why). Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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When s**t becomes real...a friend of a friend of a friend posted this to Facebook. Apparently the Department of Energy is enforcing language guidelines for funded projects: Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Environmental Economics
A New York Times op ed discusses research on what Exxon knew about climate change and when. Guess what? They knew and didn't admit it publicly*. Anyone surprised? *Would you? Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Environmental Economics
That moment you realize the Chinese administration understands economics better than the U.S. administration... From the Steve Bannon interview story: "In reality, China and the United States' long term cooperation has brought about real benefits for both countries' peoples, any unbiased person will clearly see this fact," [Chinese Foreign Ministry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Decorum: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Decorum
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Having just finished reading Hillbilly Elegy, I have an alternative plan. Tax every ton of coal burned at the marginal external cost and transfer the tax revenue to each family living in rural Appalachia at a rate of TR/N...or set aside the revenue for education, training and apprenticeship grants to retrain displaced coal miners, or...well...really any other proposal but this stupid f'ing nonsense Jim Justice is spouting.
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What happens when the people of China decide that butter is yummy? A sharp increase in global demand has caused the wholesale price of butter to nearly double in Europe. Consumers are paying more too: retail prices jumped nearly 20% in June over the previous year, according to data from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
An exclusive from The Guardian: Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead. A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Dear Dr. Haab, One of the articles you authored a while ago caught my attention and I am hoping to discuss with you publishing a followup article, or even a review article in the Internal Medicine Review. The article was entitled "A revealed preference approach to valuing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From the LA Times, Democrats and Republicans can get along on climate change policy: California lawmakers voted Monday evening to extend the state’s premiere program on climate change, a victory for Gov. Jerry Brown that included unprecedented Republican support for fighting global warming. In a break with party leaders and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Canadian economist and former* frequent visitor to Env-Econ, Mike Moffatt, posted this interesting picture to his Facebook page. Mike is center in front of the flag--glory hog. The interesting part is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two seats to his left--sitting at a seat with the wrong name tag for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Environmental Economics
News from the Ohio legislature: Under a previous version of the two-year budget plan, board of trustees at every Ohio college would have had to create a policy for post-tenure reviews at least every five years to help “ensure accountability” The legislature declined to make a decision on the post-tenure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Just got around to reading the Hsiang et al piece in Science on the inequitable economics impacts of climate change. Here's the abstract: Estimates of climate change damage are central to the design of climate policies. Here, we develop a flexible architecture for computing damages that integrates climate science, econometric... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Six hours and no algae. All is good in the world.
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No point to this post (like most of my posts) but I just found this amusing, and it's summer, and I like to use profanity, and I think Chris Christie embodies everything wrong with politics right now, and he doesn't care so why should I? Gov. Chris Christie’s trip to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Possibly unrelated, but would it be wrong if I officially drop the H from my last name and then insist that all papers list authors alphabetically with lead authorship assigned to the first author?
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No signs of algal blooms yet. I think I'll stay for a while and make sure. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Interesting read from the Guardian on how even the cherry-picked data against climate change is no longer against climate change (I know the Guardian is just a liberal rag written by those non-EU Brits with an agenda and unlikely to change any deniers' minds because it is probably FAKE NEWS,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Environmental Economics
It starts like a bad joke...and ends as a BAD joke: What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common? All have signed on as founding members to the Climate Leadership Council, which has met with the White... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I'm going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina soon. I might have to take a peak at the new island that has formed off of Cape Point before the developer get a hold of it. North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore has always been stunning, but now there's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Environmental Economics
More cuts er...non-renewals for the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continues to clean house at a key advisory committee, signaling plans to drop several dozen current members of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), according to an email yesterday from a senior... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Environmental Economics
What the hell does Jerry Hausman have against Sousa? From The History of Political Economy article on Exxon's approach to criticizing contingent valuation,, mentioned in this very blog (a Top 100 Economics Blog) yesterday: "Some years after the [Cambridge symposium on Contingent Valuation], [Contingent Valuation critic and all around good... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Environmental Economics