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"He drinks a Whiskey drink, he drinks a Vodka drink He drinks a Lager drink, he drinks a Cider drink He sings the songs that remind him of the good times He sings the songs that remind him of the better times"
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Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich will issue an executive order asking the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission to declare eight Ohio waterways 'distressed' due to high phosphorous levels (phosphorous is one of the primary ingredients in commercial fertilizer): Frustrated by lawmakers’ refusal to consider a bill to get tougher... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
Socrates says: Be careful with that Hemlock stuff.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on My new working paper at Environmental Economics
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I'm not sure how I missed the original story, but I'm surprised John and I weren't the first call when this happened: Whiskey barrels were piled in a mountainous heap Wednesday after the rest of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed in Kentucky, nearly two weeks after part of the decades-old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Don't take this as support for tariffs, my inner economist is strongly opposed to tariffs on economic efficiency grounds, but my inner hillbilly is slightly happy that an EU tariff on American whiskey is likely to lower U.S. whiskey prices (at least in the short run). Life can't be all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Environmental Economics
I just lol'd at the UD reference--that is one of the only pieces of profound fatherly advice my dad ever gave me--he is a man of few words.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2018 on Lobster tariffs at Environmental Economics
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A tariff on steel imports causes the price of imported steel to increase. One direct effect is: The Mid-Continent Nail plant in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, laid off 60 of its 500 workers last week because of increased steel costs. The company blames the 25% tariff on imported steel. Orders for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Environmental Economics
A couple of weeks ago, soon after EPA Administrator Pruitt's announcement to introduce a rule changing the role of cost-benefit analysis in design of environmental regulations, I wrote an op-ed and submitted it to the NYTimes for consideration. They politely declined (by ignoring the submission) so I submitted it to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Dear colleagues, I want to inform you of recent decisions regarding standing committees under the auspices of the Science Advisory Board (SAB). On the recommendation of the SAB Staff Office, the SAB, unanimously agreed, at our 5/31/18 administrative meeting, to retire three of our current seven standing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From In 2016, cremation overtook entombment as the most common method of “body disposal” in the U.S. And death is environmentally costly: Millions of gallons of toxic fluids and tens of millions of feet of wood are put in the ground each year. One cremation emits as much carbon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Interesting read in the WSJ on the demise of relevance for climate change as an issue: The descent of climate change into the abyss of social-justice identity politics represents the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality. Climate alarm is like a car alarm—a blaring noise people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Environmental Economics
I was talking to my parents last night and they were bemoaning the amount of rain they have had the past month. These are the same parents who can best be described as climate change skeptics. Really they pay little attention to things like climate change other than my father... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Environmental Economics
One thing world leaders agree on? Fish are the lowest priority on the United Nations Sustainability Goals. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From On Tuesday, two things happened: A New England Journal of Medicine article by Harvard researchers argued that the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was most likely thousands higher than the official number of 64; and Roseanne Barr, the sitcom star, was fired for a racist... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Environmental Economics
I had the pleasure today of attending (and paying for refreshments) for a program titled: Creating Confident Girls, Cultivating Women Who Lead, put on by a local organization called Ruling Our Experiences (Rox) Rox' mission "IS TO EQUIP GIRLS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS NECESSARY TO LIVE HEALTHY, INDEPENDENT,PRODUCTIVE AND... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Last week (or at least that's when it was covered in the popular press), climate scientist Ed Hawkins put out a simple illustration of changes in global temperatures since 1850. I used Dr. Hawkins image and had a little fun: Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Environmental Economics
The Legislature of the State of Ohio is currently considering legislation to reduce Phosphorous loadings into Lake Erie by 40%. This is a good thing, as reducing Phosphorous going into Lake Erie will reduce the incidence and impact of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The proposed... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks on possible causes of sea level rise: "What about erosion?...Every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise because now you've got less space in those oceans because the bottom is... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Environmental Economics
"...sprinkled with humor." Sprinkled?
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From This community voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. But now his immigration changes are killing its livelihood — legendary crabs that are a mainstay of the local economy and a regional delicacy. For decades, Hoopers Island, known for its crabbing industry, has relied on a federal seasonal work program... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Environmental Economics
OK, that's an exaggeration, but at least an environmental economist is an AEA Executive Committee VP candidate. Congrats Maureen Cropper*! *I had the pleasure of being taught Environmental Economics by Maureen during my PhD studies at the University of Maryland. Based on my lack of understanding of the field as... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Since most of the major news outlets (CNN, MSNBC, FOX, Drudge (?),...) spend all of their time having partisan shouting matches, I thought I would update everyone on some ongoing economic and environmental trends, without mentioning or crediting or discrediting the contribution to those trends by any particular President past... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Environmental Economics
I’m failing to not see what’s neither right nor not wrong with this question.
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The Congressional Budget Office has prepared its first estimates of direct expenditures and revenues from H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018; AKA the Farm Bill. It looks like the conservation title (Title II) might take some hits. The Conservation Reserve Program is proposed to be scaled back,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Environmental Economics