Category Archives: Energy and Climate

Disaster Afoot?

Flooding in Pakistan, smoldering peat fires in Russia shrouding Moscow in thick smoke, and drought in Europe. Is this what climate change looks like? US income inequality growing, profits rising as a share of national income, unemployment staying high, the … Continue reading

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Thaler Agrees

The noted professor of economics and behavioral science at the University of Chicago agrees with our post “Too Complex to Govern.” See his comments in the New York Times about complexity in various modern social systems. As Thaler comments: “Neither … Continue reading

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A Dirty Wind

Wind energy is thought to be clean and free once the wind farms are built. Yet, construction of wind farms may increase the amount of electricity produced from coal with consequences for climate change. Technological innovation can have unanticipated consequences. While … Continue reading

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Climate Complexity

In recent weeks the controversy around what has become known as ClimateGate has given skeptics of climate change science something to talk about. They have made much fuss and bother about the “tricks” and data debates that the purloined emails … Continue reading

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Of Herds, Knowledge, and Effective Action

Scientists are against herds. Many now argue that climate science has become, as Jon Stewart of the Daily Show commented, a “secular religion.”   Herd mentality is bad in science, I agree, but it is necessary for effective social change. We … Continue reading

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Geo-engineering Big Government

It’s fascinating how a short and not very informative video can create a vigorous debate. In a 6 minute interview by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, Steven Levitt described how geo-engineering schemes like a 100,000 foot garden hose to spray sulphur … Continue reading

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China is Changing the World

 China is fast moving to superpower status. It has challenged US supremacy by suggesting an alternate reserve currency in place of the dollar and the US is increasingly reliant of China for manufactured goods, action on climate change, and sanctions … Continue reading

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