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Analysis and Commentary

The Danger Of Climate Doomsayers

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Project Syndicate
Monday, August 19, 2019

We need to solve climate change, but we also need to make sure that the cure isn’t more painful than the disease. Abandoning fossil fuels as quickly as possible, as many environmental activists demand, would slow the growth that has lifted billions of people out of poverty.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
In the News

Baltimore Is Just A City; California Is A State Transforming Into ‘Third World’ Ugly

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia California Globe
Monday, August 5, 2019

California was once a thriving two party state. We replaced it with the current one party state, one party rule. Scholar and Central Valley resident Victor Davis Hanson calls California “America’s First Third-World State.”

Analysis and Commentary

Casey Mulligan On Trump Versus Reagan

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, August 2, 2019

University of Chicago economics professor Casey Mulligan, fresh off his one-year stint as chief economist with President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, has an interesting comparison of Trump vs. Reagan on economic deregulation.

BusinessAnalysis and Commentary

The State Government In Sacramento: Where California Sports Teams Have A Home-Field Advantage

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 1, 2019

I’ve always respected Steve Ballmer.

Not only does he have a head for business (he went from making $50,000 a year as an assistant at Microsoft to becoming one of the richest people in America), but his heart goes out to the less fortunate (his Ballmer Group philanthropy aims to help impoverished children and families escape poverty).

In the News

Agencies Prep For Climate Change Despite Hostility From Trump

quoting Alice Hillvia U.S. News & World Report
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Career officials in federal agencies prepare for the dangers of climate change despite a boss who doesn’t believe it.

Analysis and Commentary

Notes From A Nameless Conference

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Martin Gurri at the fifth wave writes a very intresting "notes from a nameless conference." (HT Marginal Revolution). A few choice quotes, but do read the whole thing.

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“It’s Not the End of the World”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

We can handle rising temperatures—if only everyone would calm down and think. Hoover visiting fellow Bjorn Lomborg on climate change and sweet reason.

EnvironmentAnalysis and Commentary

California Can’t Avoid The Next “Big One” Can It Weather The Political Aftershock?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 11, 2019

That California would find itself dealing with two large earthquakes over the Fourth of July weekend shouldn’t come as a surprise, as temblors have no consideration for human needs. The last giant quake to disrupt Los Angeles? It happened twenty-five years ago, at 4:31 a.m. on a Monday morning in January, leaving millions of sleep-deprived Angelenos to stumble around in the predawn dark.

In the News

Trump And Newsom Think Alike On Deadly Wildfires

quoting Terry Andersonvia The Press-Enterprise
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

On June 12 the Trump administration proposed easing environmental regulations for forest-thinning on federal land to speed up wildfire prevention. Before accusing President Trump of clearcutting California, it’s important to note that Gov. Gavin Newsom is quietly taking similar actions, an admission that environmental mandates are fueling catastrophic wildfires.

Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Engineering and Policy Perspectives

by Bilal M. Ayyub, Alice Hillvia National Academy of Engineering
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Each year, governments and the private sector invest trillions of dollars in infrastructure that may not withstand future risks from climate change (Oxford Economics 2017). Most of the world’s new infrastructure will be built in developing countries, which face the dual challenges of disaster response and urbanization (Oxford Economics 2017), but responding to natural disasters is also a major challenge in developed countries. 

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