Category Archives: Economics

Density Part 3: Kenneth Jackson’s “Future” of New York

Buried in Jackson’s idea of the future of NYC are two huge and, I believe, mistaken assumptions. Continue reading

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Almost Good Advice on Consumption

A CNN article advising parents to buy less stuff initially caught my eye, but its advice wasn’t as smart as I’d hoped. Continue reading

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Countering the EcoPessimist

The view that the era of economic and human growth is over is both right and wrong. Continue reading

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Interdependence Day

From an ecological point of view, it’s not independence but interdependence that we should be celebrating. Continue reading

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A Grammar Mnemonic to Save the World

Taking some editorial license, I’d like to propose a modification of the grammar mnemonic for the purposes of environmentalism and economics: “i before e *especially* after c.” Continue reading

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Two Simultaneous Milestones. Is There a Relationship?

What does it mean that the Dow Jones is surpassing 15,000 at the same time that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is set to break 400 parts per million? Continue reading

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Stealing from the Future

The decisions we make today are determining the environment (and hence the future) for upcoming generations, and those generations have no voice in those decisions. Continue reading

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The Bee-cautionary Principle

I go on at times about the significance of the precautionary principle, the idea that “if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus … Continue reading

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Biking and the Fallacy of Zero-sum Environmental Thinking

I don’t believe in the zero-sum scenario — at least not in the case of environmentalism, where I like to point out the many win-win and win-win-win scenarios. Continue reading

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Sometimes the succinct version says it best…

EcoOptimism doesn’t have to be predicated on being anti-corporation — after all, there are some good eggs out there, just as there are more than a few positive aspects to a market economy — but it’s hard to get around … Continue reading

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