Tuesday, February 26, 2008
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
It looks like we will have climate policy coming from the White House no matter who wins the general election in November. The only remaining question is whether we get a tax on energy or a cap and trade system. Here is a quick look at some current proposals floating around congress.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Sorry for the lag in posting - I've been in Orlando Florida at the World Aquaculture Society Annual Meeting. Today we will begin our discussion of Macroeconomics and the Environment. Most Environmental Economists are applied Micro types, but there is much for Macro to teach us as well. I think the fundamental question here is whether or not the Economy and Environmental Policy are complements or substitutes. The typical story is that environmental policy will hurt the economy. That is, there is a trade-off between growing the economy and protecting the environment. The first thing we will do in class today is develop a simple model to look at how the environment and the economy interact. Then we will talk about the Porter Hypothesis, The Environmental Kuznet's curve, and sustainability. I would like to finish the day with an introduction to the revenue neutral gas tax.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Yesterday in class there seemed to be some discomfort with nonmarket valuation. The idea of placing dollar signs on environmental goods and services just didn't sit well with some of you. Might I say it made you feel yucky?? Here is an interesting article from yesterday's NYTimes looking into the Yuck factor. Enjoy.....