278. Book Review – Crude World – The Violent Twilight of Oil, by Peter Maass – Review – NYTimes.com

September 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

The End of Oil By MICHAEL HIRSHPublished: September 25, 200

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277. New Analysis Brings Dire Global Warming Prediction – washingtonpost.com

September 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

So, putting this and Kugman into the same discussion..

Climate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world’s leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale of change than forecast just two years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program.

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276. Op-Ed Columnist – It’s Easy Being Green –

September 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

And see the next (above)

So the main argument against climate action probably won’t be the claim that global warming is a myth. It will, instead, be the argument that doing anything to limit global warming would destroy the economy. As the blog Climate Progress puts it, opponents of climate change legislation “keep raising their estimated cost of the clean energy and global warming pollution reduction programs like some out of control auctioneer.”

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275. Spains Answer to Unemployment: Go Greener – washingtonpost.com

September 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

MADRID — As world leaders converge in Pittsburgh for a major economic summit this week, one of the biggest questions they face is this: How do you begin to replace the millions of jobs destroyed by the Great Recession, now that the worst of the crisis has potentially passed?THIS STORYSpains Answer to Unemployment: Go GreenerFull Coverage: G-20 and United Nations SummitsHere on the sun-drenched and windy Iberian Peninsula, Spain thinks it has an answer: create new jobs and save the Earth at the same time.

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274. The White House – Press Office – Remarks by the President at UN Secretary General Ban Ki moons Climate Change Summit

September 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

All quite vague, all hopign to hold on to existing political and commercail structures.  Her we begin to see the tretch marks.

What we are seeking, after all, is not simply an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions.  We seek an agreement that will allow all nations to grow and raise living standards without endangering the planet.  By developing and disseminating clean technology and sharing our know-how, we can help developing nations leap-frog dirty energy technologies and reduce dangerous emissions.

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273. Economists View

September 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

The Costs of Economic Growth, by Charles I. Jones, Stanford GSB and NBER, August 18, 2009: 1. Introduction In October 1962, the Cuban missile crisis brought the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust. President John F. Kennedy put the chance of nuclear war at “somewhere between one out of three and even.” The historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., at the time an adviser of the President, later called this “the most dangerous moment in human history.”1 What if a substantial fraction of the world’s population had been killed in a nuclear holocaust in the 1960s? In some sense, the overall cost of the technological innovations of the preceding 30 years would then seem to have outweighed the benefits.

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272. The costs technology: russian roulette.

September 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

This paper explores what might be called a “Russian roulette” theory of economic growth. Suppose the overwhelming majority of new ideas are beneficial and lead to growth in consumption. However, there is a tiny chance that a new idea will be particularly dangerous and cause massive loss of life. Do discovery and economic growth continue forever in such a framework, or should society eventually decide that consumption is high enough and stop playing the game of Russian roulette? The answer turns out to depend on preferences. For a large class of conventional specifications, including log utility, safety eventually trumps economic growth. The optimal rate of growth may be substantially lower than what is feasible, in some cases falling all the way to zero.

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