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October 30, 2018

Some Links for Today

Category: Green Environmental – Admin 12:12 pm

I believe that my new publication in the Journal of Housing Economics will generate so many cites that Ted Bergstrom will owe Elsevier an apology.   The “consequences of land use regulation” literature isn’t so convincing because we have so much trouble measuring intense land use regulation and we rarely have a good control group.  In my humble opinion, we are able to address both of these problems in the case of the California Coastal Zone.  But, the beauty of academic economic is that suppliers must sell their product on a competitive market — so you can judge its true quality.

Some other links:

When I become a billionaire, I wonder if I will live in this house.  Is this typical Mumbai architecture?

A salient example of the synergies between Government subsidies and the nascent Green Tech Sector: “Green-Industrial” Complex

The Friday Podcast: The Cotton Wars

Category: Green Money,Green Planet – Admin 12:11 pm

Dahlin Hancock
Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR

“They keep coming to the table … always bitching and complaining.” –Dahlin Hancock, Texas cotton farmer, on the Brazilians.

We need four bales of cotton to make the Planet Money t-shirt. On today’s Planet Money, we go shopping in Texas and Brazil — and find a long-running trade war.

We meet a Brazilian who took on the world’s largest superpower, a Texas cotton farmer who’s tired of hearing the Brazilians complain, and a guy named Renato — a.k.a. Retaliation Master.

Subscribe to the podcast. Music: Johnny Cash’s “Cotton Fields.” Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Flickr.

Geoengineering sparks international ban, first-ever congressional report

Category: Green Economy,Green Energy – Admin 12:11 pm

Washington Post: A senior House Democrat from Tennessee issued the first congressional report on geoengineering Friday, just as delegates from 193 nations approved a ban on such research under a global biodiversity treaty.
The debate over whether humans should explore ways to manipulate the climate has taken on increased urgency over the past year, as efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming have encountered political roadblocks in the United States and elsewhere.
The measure adopted…

Senators raise concerns on oil sands pipeline

Category: Green Economy,Green Energy – Admin 12:11 pm

Reuters: Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators on Friday raised questions about the need for a proposed $7 billion pipeline that they said will bring “dirty oil” from Canadian oil sands to U.S. refineries and significantly increase the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.
The lawmakers, 10 Democrats and one independent, said the State Department needs to answer several key questions before deciding whether to approve TransCanada’s application to build the 2,000-mile Keystone XL pipeline.
“Approval of this pipeline…

Key outcomes at U.N. talks to preserve nature

Category: Green Economy,Green Energy – Admin 12:11 pm

Reuters: A U.N. meeting of nearly 200 countries agreed on Saturday new targets for 2020 to protect nature and a new global pact aimed at giving developing countries more share of profits made from their genetic resources.
The following are key outcomes of the meeting:
Delegates agreed to “take effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity in order to ensure that by 2020 ecosystems are resilient and continue to provide essential services”.
The new goal…

Coal industry lobbies against new federal rules

Category: Green Economy,Green Energy – Admin 12:11 pm

New York Times: The coal industry, facing a host of new health and safety regulations, is spending millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign donations this year to influence the makeup of the next Congress in hopes of derailing what one industry official called an Obama administration “regulatory jihad.” Political spending by the coal industry is on track to exceed that of the 2008 cycle, when the presidency was at stake and Congress appeared determined to move forward with a national energy policy designed…

Britons ‘terrified’ of the countryside, National Trust warns

Category: Green Economy,Green Energy – Admin 12:11 pm

Guardian: City dwellers are becoming “terrified” of the countryside as urban pressures leave many disconnected from the great outdoors, the director general of the National Trust warns today.
Dame Fiona Reynolds believes city dwellers, especially the young and poor, are damaging their health by being increasingly confined to urban areas and the indoors.
The trust is launching a six-month campaign to investigate whether the nation is losing touch with the countryside and to see what can be done about…

State unveils new rule for battling climate change

Category: Green Economy,Green Energy – Admin 12:10 pm

San Francisco Chronicle: The most controversial piece of California’s efforts to battle climate change, a cap-and-trade program for large polluters, was unveiled Friday by the California Air Resources Board just days before the state’s voters will decide whether to put the entire effort on hold. The proposed cap-and-trade regulation, which is more than 3,000 pages long, would take effect beginning in 2012 and eliminate 273 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air by 2020, largely by forcing the state’s biggest…

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