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A Pipe Dream Comes True

by Josef Joffevia American Purpose
Friday, July 23, 2021

Joe Biden hands Angela Merkel a nice farewell present by caving on Nord Stream 2. The Berlin-Moscow deal is not just about gas and cash. It affirms a tacit strategic relationship that dents the containment of Russian ambitions.

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Cold Facts Reveal A Better Way To Tackle Climate Change

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Australian
Thursday, July 22, 2021

[Subscription Required] When reporting emphasizes the need to cut CO2, it pushes some of the least effective ways to help future victims of heat and cold. Climate policy will, at best, slightly slow the increase in heat deaths. We already know much more effective ways to help.

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Climate Risk To The Financial System

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

I wrote a piece for Project Syndicate, here, on climate financial risk. (This resulted from a presentation on a panel at the NBER summer institute risks of financial institutions meeting, program here. There should be a video version on YouTube but I can't find it. The panel discussion was excellent. You will recognize ideas from my earlier climate finance testimony. I recycle and refine.)

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The Fallacy Of Climate Financial Risk

by John H. Cochranevia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The idea that climate change poses a threat to the financial system is absurd, not least because everyone already knows that global warming is happening and that fossil fuels are being phased out. The new push for climate-related financial regulation is not really about risk; it is about a political agenda.

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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Naval Gazing

interview with Admiral Gary Roughead, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

America’s ability to project strength and respond to crises across the Pacific Rim.

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Climate Change And Deaths From Extreme Heat And Cold

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Financial Post
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

For now, global warming reduces more deaths than it causes, saving possibly 100,000 lives each year

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China, Big Tech, and Cyber Defense: The World According to Zegart

interview with Amy Zegartvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

In this wide-ranging conversation, Professor Zegart discusses the US relationship with China and how she views that country’s aggressive stance toward Taiwan; why big tech companies are a potential threat not only to privacy, but also to our national security; and why the next war may well be fought with a keyboard rather than on a battlefield.

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China, Big Tech, And Cyber Defense: The World According To Zegart

interview with Amy Zegartvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

In this wide-ranging conversation, Professor Zegart discusses the US relationship with China and how she views that country’s aggressive stance toward Taiwan; why big tech companies are a potential threat not only to privacy, but also to our national security; and why the next war may well be fought with a keyboard rather than on a battlefield.

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New Issue Of Hoover Digest Online

via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The summer issue of Hoover Digest is now available online. The journal focuses on topics both classical—the economy, personal freedom, the role of government—and timely, such as cybersecurity, terrorism, and geopolitical shifts. 

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Rossi-Hansberg On The Effects Of A Carbon Tax

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Monday, July 12, 2021

I was inspired to think again about climate economics from Esteban Rossi-Habnsberg's excellent presentation at the  Hoover Economic Policy Working Group.

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