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Jim Barrett
Jim Barrett an Economist and Consultant. He has 16 years of experience working in the nexus of climate change, energy efficiency and economics and has written extensively on the role of efficiency in achieving environmental and economic goals. He was Executive Director of Redefining Progress, a public policy think tank dedicated to promoting a healthy environment, a strong economy, and social justice. Prior to joining Redefining Progress, he was an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, senior economist on the Democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee, and staff economist at the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives. Jim earned his B.A. in economics from Bucknell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Connecticut.

Entries by Jim Barrett

The Science of Republicanism

(206) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 12:33 PM

In case there was any remaining doubt that mainstream Republicans have abandoned mainstream science, look no further than the House Republicans' recent crusades against their own scientific ideas.

According to The Hill: "Lawmakers voted 234-178 ... to prevent EPA from factoring the "social cost of carbon"...

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How Saudi Tax Law Determines US Oil Subsidies

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 2:22 PM

This post originally appeared on the Great Energy Challenge blog, in partnership with National Geographic and Planet Forward.

Despite my seriously mixed feelings about the State of the Union speeches, I tuned in to last week's speech for the first time in several years. Like...

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Silly Season 2.0

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 12:20 PM

To those with more than a casual interest in politics, "Silly Season" is a common term used to indicate the time running up to an election when the logic of Capitol Hill, such as it is, gets crazier than usual. Votes are scheduled or canceled depending on how much they...

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Rebounds Gone Wild

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 8:04 PM

Energy efficiency has become very popular in recent years. So much so that it's becoming cool for the truly hip to hold it in disdain.

Case in point: David Owen's piece in this week's New Yorker: "The Efficiency Dilemma" (subscription required).

It reads like he's being contrary just...

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