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Analysis and Commentary

Some Basic Arithmetic On Carbon Dioxide Emissions

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, September 16, 2019

A number of people in the United States argue for increasing the number of electric vehicles as a percent of the automobile stock.

In the News

Our Carbon Economy: Would It Be Smarter To Fight Than Switch?

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Inside Sources
Monday, September 9, 2019

During a recent Facebook Live Q &A session, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told viewers that she so feared a future of climate change that she woke up at “like 3:30am” worrying about the fate of the planet. 

Analysis and Commentary

Murphy On Henderson And Carbon Taxes

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, September 8, 2019

There are several problems here. First, even if we agreed that government (as opposed to private) payments for tree-planting made sense, it doesn’t at all follow that the revenue should come from a carbon tax. In general, raising a dollar of revenue from a tax on carbon content hurts the economy more than raising a dollar from taxing labor or consumption. (My article on the “tax interaction effect” gives the economic intuition behind this point.)

In the News

Mattis Calls Out Deniers Of Climate Change, Urges Them To Ensure Next Generation Isn’t ‘Caught Flat-Footed’

featuring General Jim Mattisvia IJR
Friday, September 6, 2019

Former Defense Department Secretary James Mattis called on those who disagree with the threat of climate change to reconsider their position to protect future generations. The former defense secretary has been making the rounds publicizing the recent release of his book, giving more insight into political views after his exit from the Trump administration early this year.

In the News

Here’s How To Get Through To Red-State Americans On Climate Change

quoting General Jim Mattis, George P. Shultzvia The Washington Post
Friday, September 6, 2019

As hurricanes become more intense, flooding more common and wildfires more deadly, Americans — regardless of their party affiliation — are dying from extreme weather events and are seeing their livelihoods damaged. The searing experience of Hurricane Harvey in Texas in 2017 might not have prompted Republican politicians to fight “climate change," but perhaps they can have a rational conversation about “rising ocean levels.” 

In the News

4 Questions You Probably Won’t Hear At CNN’s Climate Crisis Town Hall

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Foundation of Economic Education
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

CNN’s description suggests the event may be closer to Greta Thunberg’s “I Want You to Panic” approach than a level-headed analysis.

In the News

Climate Change Becoming A ‘Top-Tier Issue’

quoting Bill Whalenvia Daily Democrat
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Scientists have warned for the last 30 years about the dangers of climate change — more droughts, forest fires and catastrophic weather — as the Earth continues to warm from fossil fuel pollution.

In the News

More On Greta Thunberg's Guilt Trip

quoting Niall Ferguson, Bjorn Lomborgvia Independent Women's Forum
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Greta Thunberg, as you probably know, is the 16-year-old who arrived in New York by “emissions free yacht” to attend, by invitation, a U.N. event on climate change.

Analysis and Commentary

Beware Greta Thunberg’s Science Fiction — The End Of The World Is Not Nigh

by Niall Ferguson quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 2, 2019

In 15th-century Peru, we learned last week, children were sacrificed to propitiate to the Chimú gods, in an attempt to end natural disasters caused by the climatic phenomenon we now call, appropriately enough, El Niño.

In the News

The Amazon Fire And Phony Environmentalism

mentioning Bjorn Lomborgvia Merion West
Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Amazon is on fire. Is this a catastrophe? Of course it is. Who is to blame? It’s complicated. Global warming certainly seems to have to do with it. As such, there have been desperate attempts to speed up and strengthen the Paris Agreement. 

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