Archive for Climate Change

Potpourri

==> At IER I make a provocative claim: Economists have been “useful idiots” for the environmental socialists. ==> This is a really neat Forbes article from 2 years ago, that the mysterious Von Pepe sent me. An excerpt: Stating the equation a little differently illustrates the principle a little differently: ‘Assets = liability + capital’, […]

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==> On the Bob Murphy Show, I explain why plea deals are a gross miscarriage of justice. ==> Then on the next episode–which has been my favorite thus far–I interviewed the Chair of Harvard’s Astronomy department to talk about black holes and the strange object ‘Oumuamua. (Is it aliens? Hey, don’t scoff–the guy makes a […]

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Murphy Triple Play

==> In the latest Bob Murphy Show, I interview Lew Rockwell. We get into some pretty serious stuff, including the methods by which the CIA kill people. ==> In the latest Contra Krugman, Tom and I discuss Bernie’s apparent hypocrisy on now being a millionaire in the 1%. ==> In my latest IER column, I […]

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Bob at Connecticut College Talking Climate Change Economics

They sent it to me broken up in 3 parts:

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Would We Be Happier Without All That Pesky Output?

I’m actually not opposed to people arguing, “Americans work and consume too much.” But the solution is to persuade them to scale back, not to implement the Green New Deal. My snarky opening in my latest IER post: Sometimes you have to congratulate the progressive left on their ability to turn that frown upside down. […]

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==> A writer in The Guardian admits socialism necessary to stop climate change. See, we’re not paranoid. ==> Speaking of socialists, even some of them oppose MMT. C. Jay Engel and I discuss. ==> I may have already posted this but: In the latest Contra Krugman, Tom and I talk about Krueger and the minimum […]

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Yet Another Analogy on the Carbon Tax

We only have 12 years to act before I run out of analogies… Try this one kids: Should Students Support a “Point-Neutral Exam Reform?” Suppose a college math professor is very concerned about the self-esteem of her students, and so declares that for the upcoming exam, she will give each student the average of the actual scores […]

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Why a Revenue-Neutral Tax Dividend Check Doesn’t Negate the Deadweight Loss of a Tax

I can see in the comments here, regarding my article about the economists writing a pro-carbon tax letter to the WSJ, that several of you aren’t seeing the big picture on the dividend stuff. So in this post, let me give you a quick numerical example to show the standard way economists think about taxes, […]

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