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Forest Service Chief Pushes For Change In Fire Prevention

quoting Alice Hillvia WVTF
Friday, June 14, 2019

Wildfires are starting to light up California and other parts of the West again. Vegetation from a very wet winter is drying out. And so the chief of the U.S. Forest Service is warning of another catastrophic fire season. And she's pushing to change how the country gets ready for and fights wildfires. NPR's Kirk Siegler has the story.

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Bjorn Lomborg On The Costs And Benefits Of Attacking Climate Change

by Russell Roberts interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia EconTalk
Monday, June 10, 2019

Bjorn Lomborg, President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, talks about the costs and benefits of attacking climate change with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Lomborg argues that we should always be aware of tradeoffs and effectiveness when assessing policies to reduce global warming. He advocates for realistic solutions that consider the potential to improve human life in other ways. He is skeptical of the potential to move away from fossil fuels and argues that geo-engineering and adaptation may be the most effective ways to cope with climate change.

Interviews

Michael Spence: Can Economics Help The Fight Against Climate Change?

interview with Michael Spencevia Monocle
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Spence discusses how economics can help fight climate change.

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Ill Winds For Democracy

interview with Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, June 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses his latest book, Ill Winds, where he issues a sobering warning: democracy is retreating across the globe, and the foundations of democratic culture are eroding both at home and abroad.

Interviews

Jonathan Rodden: Bloomberg Pledges $500 Million To Help Eliminate Coal

interview with Jonathan Roddenvia MSNBC
Friday, June 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jonathan Rodden discusses the realities behind eliminating coal and how Democratic candidates can use issues like climate change to win back rural voters.

Green Energy
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Revisiting The Old New Deal

quoting Lee Ohanianvia Washington Examiner
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her allies proposed a new stimulus package to take on climate change and income inequality, they called it the Green New Deal. Their reasoning for the economic program’s name is obvious. It pays homage to the New Deal, a bundle of transformative economic reforms captained by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Like the original New Deal, the Green New Deal includes massive government intervention in the American economy through more spending, regulation, and taxes.

Interviews

Secretary George Shultz: Thinking About the Future

interview with George P. Shultzvia Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow George Shultz discusses his newest book, Thinking About the Future.

Analysis and Commentary

Bio Of William Nordhaus Is On Line

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, May 31, 2019

Starting in the 1970s, Nordhaus constructed increasingly comprehensive models of the interaction between the economy and additions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, along with its effects on global warming. Economists use these models, along with assumptions about various magnitudes, to compute the “social cost of carbon” (SCC). The idea is that past a certain point, additions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere heat the earth and thus create a global negative externality. The SCC is the net cost that using that additional carbon imposes on society.

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No Catastrophe

quoting Bruce Thorntonvia Carolina Coast Online
Friday, May 31, 2019

While climate change is a political loser, as we noted in the May 18 Australian election when the Liberal-National Coalition, stressing economic growth, tax cuts and support for Australia’s energy producers, united conservatives and tossed out the opposition center-left Labor Party, climate change activists are now resorting to a change in semantics to try and curry favor.

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Fix Climate Policy With Economics, Not Lawyers

by Jeremy Carl mentioning George P. Shultz, Martin Feldsteinvia National Review
Friday, May 31, 2019

Last week BP and Shell both pledged support for the Climate Leadership Council’s (CLC) proposal for a revenue-neutral “carbon fee and dividend” plan, under which extractors of carbon-based fuels would be charged a fee, and all of the money collected would be distributed to the public as a dividend. While conservatives have a wide variety of views on how, or even whether, to address climate policy, this initiative is perhaps the most genuinely bipartisan attempt so far to move forward on a famously contentious issue.

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