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The Truth Squad's in the House

Have you heard the one about climate legislation costing every U.S. household $5000? Turns out it's far from the truth, but that didn't stop Heritage to put the number on its blog.EDF's new Climate Vote Truth Squad sets the record...

Posted March 26, 2009    

Cap as the next stimulus

FT.com highlights an impressive flash annimation on the greenness of recovery packages. Spoiler alert: China's trumps the United States' package 2:1.Green stimuli are important, but they are not the full answer. Obama’s stimulus package contains...

Posted March 5, 2009    

Climate policy does wonders for your green-tech patent count

Innovation is the holy grail of climate policy. Without it, we are toast -- quite literally. Climate economists' efforts to quantifying innovation, though, has more closely resembled something of a Monty Python goose chase than a deliberate...

Posted February 5, 2009    

Carbon tax is a poison *b*ill

Grist, making my case:This may piss off some people I respect a great deal. Nonetheless, after hearing it in several off-the-record conversations in D.C. last week, I believe it's something that needs to be said publicly:The 111th U.S. Congress is...

Posted January 31, 2009    

"He said, she said" reporting mangles climate economics story

What do you get when you give a respected journalist an academic fellowship? A new species entirely: a readable academic paper. Eric Pooley, former managing editor of Fortune and a writer for Time magazine spent his fall semester at Harvard. The...

Posted January 25, 2009    

Dispatch from Beijing

Today I traded facing a few million Americans, who have descended upon Washington DC for the inauguration, for a city where a few million on the street during morning rush hour is just another Tuesday.Not that it matters to anyone but myself, but I...

Posted January 20, 2009    

Has anyone else noticed that the new trees at the top of the page keep growing?

John must be playing on his 'day off.'Link to original post

Posted January 19, 2009    

Obama on recovery, green jobs and renewable energy

Obama on energy and economic recovery:That starts with new, clean sources of energy. We know that the possibilities here are limitless. Here in Ohio and across America, we’ve seen old factories become new clean energy producers. We’ve seen...

Posted January 17, 2009    

Cap v FTax

The Financial Times' lead editorial today argues for prices over command-and-control (duh!) and then goes on to say a tax would be better than a cap (d'oh!). Where to begin?Well, first, let me once again point anyone interested to an ongoing debate...

Posted January 2, 2009    

Passive houses, active policies

The most-emailed NYT article for two days running has not been another explanation of the shaky housing market (that's #2), but rather a front-page story on solidly built "passive houses":Using ultrathick insulation and complex doors and windows,...

Posted December 28, 2008    

Over a barrel, FT takes it in stride

Tomorrow's FT has an analysis of the recent oil price drop that's spot-on. The first sentence already says it all:The plunging oil price is like a dangerously addictive painkiller: short-term relief is being provided at a cost of serious long-term...

Posted December 21, 2008    

Where do John's loyalties lie?

January 2. 5:00 PM.  Memphis. TN. ECU (former employer of John--and me) vs. Kentucky (awarder of John's PhD). What will John do?  Purple or Blue? The world awaits a decision.The time off should be especially beneficial for Kentucky,...

Posted December 9, 2008