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When I mention what I do (come up with ways to estimate the value of environmental goods and services), I sometimes get a response like this: It really is irritating that some people need to use economic measures to value our environment. The reality is our environment, air, water, seas,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Consider: Earlier this year, President Trump proposed significant cuts to the USDA's Economic Research Service--50% cuts in fact: Funding for ERS would be slashed by 50 percent, to $45 million, in part by eliminating "low-priority research" that the administration said was already being done by the private sector or nonprofits.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Brazen in its irony: As the nation plans new defenses against the more powerful storms and higher tides expected from climate change, one project stands out: an ambitious proposal to build a nearly 60-mile “spine” of concrete seawalls, earthen barriers, floating gates and steel levees on the Texas Gulf Coast.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Environmental Economics
On the enhance your research, teaching, service theme, many Universities have come to embrace consulting as a complementary activity to 'regular faculty duties' and have established policies. If curious, here's a link to TOSU's policy on faculty paid consulting:
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2018 on "Consulting on the side" at Environmental Economics
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Following the political dominoes of international trade policy can be mind-boggling, but the basic economic principles can be simple. A tariff placed on U.S. products by another country (like meat, cheese, and soy beans) will reduce the amount (supply) of U.S. meat, cheese, and soy beans sold in other countries,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Brilliant! (and embarrassed I didn't think of it sooner)
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I was asked to write an article for The Conversation that explains how economists place values on environmental goods (with examples). Here's what I came up with. Apologies to all of those involved in the research if this comes across as self-promoting--the perils of writing with an editor. All of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Environmental Economics
"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 Jul 12, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Socrates says: Be careful with that Hemlock stuff.
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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