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EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

'Privatization' Is Not 'Privacy'

Peter M. Shane | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

America's cultural turn toward a glorification of the private and a denigration of the public has coexisted with what quite obviously is a deterioration in privacy. As individuals, we have dramatically less capacity than in earlier decades to control information about even the most personal aspects of our lives.

Finding Truth in Business and Beyond

Christine Bader | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Christine Bader

The metrics and values by which we construct business success comprise what we believe to be a false narrative of the world, which means serious risks to the world's most vulnerable communities.

The See-Through Company: 3 Reasons Why Businesses Would Opt for Transparency

Adrian de Groot Ruiz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adrian de Groot Ruiz

We're living in an age where information travels fast and is becoming a public good. So why share?

Wage Raises for American Workers - Possible?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

This week fast food workers in New York City are demanding a raise to their minimum wage of $7.50 an hour. Why are American workers' wages so low, and...

Paving the Way for a New Capitalism Based on True Prices

Adrian de Groot Ruiz | Posted 03.29.2013 | Business
Adrian de Groot Ruiz

We are standing on the eve of a remarkable evolution of capitalism: a market economy based on true prices. Far-fetched? You believe that these ideas come from dreamy greenies? Well, think again.

While International Climate Negotiations Continue, the World's Ninth Largest Economy Takes an Important Step Forward

Robert Stavins | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Robert Stavins

I'm referring to the CO2 cap-and-trade allowance auction held by the State of California. The fact that the auction ran smoothly and compliance entities and others put their money down is one important step in establishing the program's credibility.

Reuniting Economics and Ecology for a Sustainable Future

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Our natural environment and the resource base for the world economy are inexorably linked. Therefore these two crucial parts must come together for the house to remain standing, as our species is now heading toward 8 billion by 2025.

Can Market Forces Really Be Employed to Address Climate Change?

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Unlike the environmental threats addressed successfully in past U.S. legislation, climate change is essentially unobservable to the general population.

The Republican Nanny State

Ron Davis | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Ron Davis

Republicans who support subsidies should stop their mass-manipulation. Rather than hiding behind hypocritical pro-market rhetoric, it is time to admit they have embraced their very own entitlement-boom that rivals the dreams of any European welfarist.

Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 2009, the U.S. Congress considered but ultimately failed to enact legislation aimed at limiting U.S. greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bill unde...

Economics of the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Sixth Edition of Economics of the Environment: Selected Readings has just been published by W. W. Norton & Company of New York and London. Throug...

Common Sense Policy

Doug Demeo | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Doug Demeo

People want government to address our disparities in more honest ways. They want better response to our nation's concerns, beginning with fair and effective economic policy. Common sense policy.

World on the Edge

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

One of the attractive habits in American civilization is to ask: well, what's your plan? In his recent book World on the Edge, Lester Brown offers one.

Green News Report: October 26, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Cholera ou...

Rage Against the Machine: Why We Should Be Skeptical About Standardized Test Scores

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Snider

The educational decisions now made in part on standardized test scores are neither few nor inconsequential. This is hardly about who gets a sticker for a job well done.

What is the Value of a Clean Future for the Gulf?

Erik Rothenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erik Rothenberg

According to estimates by the Flow Rate Technical Group, the team advising the government on the giant leak in the Gulf of Mexico, some 45-130 million...

The Oil Spill Catastrophe: Biggest Ever? Not Close.

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Ropeik

The oil spill is a catastrophe, but risks that are catastrophic scare us more than those that are chronic -- even though in many cases, the chronic risks are far bigger threats.

Group-think Caused the Market to Fail

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stan Sorscher

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!

Dear Vinod Khosla and Tom Friedman: No Amount of Sequestration Will Make Coal "Clean"

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Even if a coal-fired power plant sequestered 100 percent of its carbon pollution, it would not be "clean."

Too Good To Be True?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

I had thought that arguments about massive "free lunches" in the energy efficiency and climate domain had long since been laid to rest. The debates in California (and some of the rhetoric in Washington) prove otherwise.