Category Archives: energy and the environment

Renewable != Sustainable

Benjamin Zycher writes, there is nothing “clean” about renewables. There is the heavy-metal pollution created by the production process for wind turbines, along with their noise and flicker effects. There is the large problem of solar panel waste. There is … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment, Specialization and Trade Economics Intro | 16 Comments

Bike Lanes and Fruitcake

Dave Mabe writes, If a cyclist doesn’t ride in the bike lane (for as simple a reason as making a left turn!) a lot of drivers view this as law breaking or just arrogance. Pointer from Tyler Cowen. I had … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 24 Comments

Climate Science vs. Macroeconomics

Climate change is much in the news. My view of climate science is that it shares a lot of the same problems as orthodox macroeconomics. Common features include: 1. Use of computer models in which there are a variety of … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment, PSST and Macro | 45 Comments

Affordable Housing is a Supply Problem

Ed Glaeser writes, If demand alone drove prices, then we should expect to see places that have high costs also have high levels of construction. The reverse is true. Places that are expensive don’t build a lot and places that … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment, Housing and housing finance, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 8 Comments

Scientist Affiliation and Motivation to Find Truth

Dan Kahan writes, Well, “we all know” that conservatives hold university scientists in contempt for their effemenate [sic], elitist ways & that liberals regard industry scientists as shills. But here’s what GSS says about partisanship & industry vs. university scientists … Continue reading

Posted in Economic education and methods, energy and the environment | 9 Comments

Buying Local is Not Sustainable

As Johan Norberg explains, the lower cost of transportation is offset by higher cost of production. Obviously, the market knows this. In fact, even if what you care about is carbon dioxide emissions, local production can still be more resource … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment | 18 Comments

Timothy Taylor on Christmas Trees

He wrote, One artificial tree used for one year has greater environmental impact than one natural tree. However, an artificial tree can also be re-used over a number of years. Thus, there is some crossover point, if the artificial tree … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment, Timothy Taylor is my Favorite Blogger | 6 Comments

Nature Rebounds

From the WaPo, an article on the findings of Richard Fuchs. Fuchs’ fascinating conclusion: Forests and settlements grew at the same time and Europe is a much greener continent today than it was 100 years ago. A closer look at … Continue reading

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Megan McArdle on the Climate Debate

She writes, It would be a lot better for everyone — including the planet — if we left off the tribalism and the excommunications and went back to actually talking about the science: messy, imprecise and always open for well-grounded … Continue reading

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Organic Farming

The WaPo’s Tamar Haspel writes, The USDA’s certified-organic program — from its inception a marketing program, not an environmental initiative — has given organic farmers a way to make a living (and farmers do have to make a living) by … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment | 15 Comments