Environmental regulations have always been an easy target

Environmental Economics

There is theory to suggest that constraints on economic activity (e.g., regulations) will reduce economic activity. 1995) in the Journal of Economic Literature: More than two decades ago, the first Earth Day in 1970 marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. The coincidence of these two major trends has led many to suspect that environmental regulation may be playing a major causal role in impairing the "competitiveness" of U.S.

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Proposed climate regulations might not be too bad

Environmental Economics

The word "flexibility" is a very good thing from the perspective of economic efficiency: The Supreme Court has already ruled that it can be used to regulate greenhouse gases, which include carbon dioxide emissions, but figuring out how to do that within the technical requirements of the law will be a major challenge.


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"Crazy Climate Economics"

Environmental Economics

Paul Krugman: What do I mean by crazy climate economics? And these days Republicans come out in force to oppose even the most obviously needed regulations, like the plan to reduce the pollution that’s killing Chesapeake Bay. Furthermore, it turns out that focusing climate policy on coal-fired power plants isn’t bad as a first step. First, we’ll see any effort to limit pollution denounced as a tyrannical act.

Economic impact of climate change: 25% snark

Environmental Economics

Chamber of Commerce just came out with its [study of] Obama administration regulations on power plants. the economic impact of the regulations. that dramatic action on greenhouse gases would have surprisingly small economic costs. headline is that regulations would cost the US economy $50.2 the chamber also says that the regulations would cost 224,000 jobs in an average year. the economics of climate protection look quite easy.

Join the UN’s annual party for the plants

Green Prophet

Keeping plant products and global trade in plants safe – Annual meeting: Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (International Plant Protection Convention) happening April 1 to 5 2019, Plenary Hall, FAO Rome. Globally, annual crop losses to plant pests are estimated to be between 20 to 40 percent of production. Plant diseases cost the global economy around $220 billion each year. Companies like flux are “listening” to the plants.

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Should young economists at the "American Environmental and Resource Economics Association" [sic] be reading Milton Friedman?

Environmental Economics

Matt Kahn on " Why Is Environmental Economics Flourishing? " " (emphasis added): The American Environmental and Resource Economics Association [sic] just held its Summer Meeting in San Diego. Environmental economics features a very young scholar base.  While in the past environmental economics was viewed as a quirky subfield of mainstream economics, I am optimistic that this impression will fade. I say not necessarily.

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Why Price Carbon—Can’t We Just Regulate It?

Sightline Daily

Most Americans—including most Republicans —want to regulate carbon pollution. Can’t we just regulate it?” Polls suggest some voters would actually prefer direct regulation. Regulating our way to a post-carbon world. You would give each agency authority to create new regulations or ramp up existing regulations to make sure it hit the pollution target you set for it. Maybe regulating our way is not the best way.

Green vs. Green

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club? The litigation, which seeks to block construction of five of the solar thermal projects, underscores the growing risks of building large-scale renewable energy plants in environmentally delicate areas.

2011 133

Is it time for a comprehensive review of the financial regulation of water?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) believes that the water industry needs to undergo a fundamental change in regulation and broaden its scope to move towards sustainability. However, the nature of water regulation, inertia within those in the industry and the industry’s structure makes this unlikely as it is difficult for new processes to be approved and implemented.

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Will The UK Phase Out Coal Plants?

Sierra Club Compass

In his statement at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City last week, Prime Minister Cameron pledged higher emissions standards for UK’s coal-fired power plants, and his team later tweeted that he plans to phase out existing coal-fired power plants in the UK in the next 10 to 15 years. In fact, the plant was named as one of the top 30 highest carbon emitting plants in the Europe. Prime Minister David Cameron looks like he’s ready to move the UK beyond coal.

"Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics"

Environmental Economics

His latest ploy is a proposal to change how the EPA calculates the costs and benefits of environmental regulations, a process that those industries have consistently criticized. Like Pruitt’s war on science, which culminated in a plan to ignore an entire category of scientific studies when measuring environmental risks, his war on economics could erode regulatory protections.

2018 147

How California Uses Forests—and Economic Forces—to Fight Climate Change

Cool Green Science

Dave Lauridsen Through California’s cap-and-trade program, businesses have been offsetting carbon emissions from their plants and factories by purchasing emissions credits from projects that store carbon. Jon Golden Looking ahead, California’s neighbors could also join its carbon market, expanding economic opportunities for global climate action. That kind of economic power could have a lot of influence in leading the way to a livable planet.

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Eco-friendly concrete now mandatory in Dubai

Green Prophet

Transporting OPC to mixing plants and job sites produces dust and noise and consumes fossil fuels. The 79 regulations will deal with the buildings from its designing stage by choosing sustainable sites, using appropriate orientation and using modern techniques which help in minimizing the environmental impacts of construction phase in balance with economic vision. Cities fly ash Green Buildings Regulations green cement Portland cement

2015 81

New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal.

Sierra Club Compass

As state regulators prepare to make a major decision on the future of a proposed Indiana coal plant with a $3.5 Duke Energy is expecting its Indiana customers to pay for a new coal plant thats now $1.5 Dukes justification for building the Edwardsport IGCC coal plant rested on environmental and economic grounds: the plant was touted as the next best thing in "clean" coal construction and a cost-effective hedge for Indiana ratepayers. Compass.

2012 57

With Economic Rise, Green Power Rises In Indonesia

Eco Friendly Daily

Spurred by a booming economy, easier regulations, and government enthusiasm; the green power sector is opening up like never before as foreign and domestic investors queue up to take a slice of the pie. Sofyan estimates an additional 6,000 MW from new geothermal projects by 2019 and another 6,100 MW from large and small hydro plants. Right now, about 1,200 MW comes from geothermal plants and 4,000 MW from large hydro.

Marcellus Shale is not a new pop band

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club? Environmental Economics -- Economic Way of Thinking First I must say that I have found your blog to be a fantastic read. Dont be intimidated by the economics angle. the Environmental Economics blog.

2011 122

Bibliography of North American Reservoir Recreation Non-market Valuation Studies

Environmental Economics

" Journal of agricultural and resource economics (1996): 130-149. "Catch-and-release regulations and paddlefish angler preferences." "Estimating the economic impacts of a trophy largemouth bass fishery: issues and applications." Burt, Oscar R.,

New Mexico Chooses More Solar Power - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

Recently the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission chose to continue the state’s leadership on clean energy investments when it approved a measure on solar power : The Public Regulation Commission (last month) approved a new way.for utilities to calculate renewable energy costs but kept the current price caps that limit the impact on consumers. Not only is using coal power dangerous to public health and the environment, but it's also a bad economic choice. Compass.

Canada’s conservative government is gutting environment protection

Green Blog

Also, the Centre for Plant Health in Sidney, B.C., an important site for quarantine and virus-testing on plant stock strategically located across the Salish Sea to protect B.C.’s Its demise will leave a policy vacuum in relation to Canada’s economic development. Canada believes less regulation, less taxes, and less debt will boost its economy, while the United States is doing just the opposite with little progress towards a better economy.”.

Benefits and costs of EPA's mercury rule

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club? Jackson, the agency’s administrator, said control of dozens of poisonous substances emitted by power plants was long overdue and would prevent thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of cases of disease a year.

2011 122

Ummm.that's kinda the point

Environmental Economics

The coal industry and its allies in Congress have been quick to criticize the [new regulation which will impose first-ever limits on carbon dioxide from newly built power plants] in advance of its release, even though some of the details have yet to be disclosed, saying it will raise electricity prices and the cost of producing power, particularly from coal.

2013 170

Playing Politics with Earth Day

Living In a Toxic World

Tree plantings and garbage picking photos we're probably part of it. The downside is that it sounds like those projects don't make economic sense and were previously rejected for that reason. Tags: economics government regulation politics Earth Day has passed for another year. I think few politicians passed on the photo ops and press coverage of being involved on Earth Day. However, politics is not only about photos and good press.

How Science Prevailed Over the Politics of Climate Change

Eco Friendly Daily

The agency will now begin regulating emissions. The EPA based its decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions based on this overwhelming amount of evidence. To the EPA’s credit, the new regulations attempt to strike some kind of middle ground. Existing plants are grandfathered into the new standards. The new regulations, however, tip the balance for natural gas. Climate Change coal plants greenhouse gas emissions natural gas

These climate rules so dope I messed around and got addicted

Environmental Economics

From the WSJ Economics Micro Weekly Review: EPA Set to Unveil Climate Proposal by: Amy Harder May 27, 2014. TOPICS: Environmental Regulation. SUMMARY: The Obama administration will unveil a proposed rule aimed at allowing states to use cap-and-trade systems, renewable energy and other measures to meet aggressive goals for reducing carbon emissions by existing power plants. "The Second, the regulation carries a cost.

2014 152

The time is right to rethink the grid


back in economic growth. By focusing on the economic payout, this study focuses on the payback of this investment, rather than the cost — a valuable perspective for infrastructure investments across the clean energy sector. current grid was designed for a 20th-century resource mix, where generation was centralized in large power plants — such as those powered by coal, nuclear and hydro resources. Business Eco Green country economic energy miss-the-newest nrel power reba

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Stock versus Flow: Flow wins

Environmental Economics

At the behest of Ohio regulators in 2011, [American Electric Power] agreed to split its Ohio operations into two companies: one that delivers power and handles billing, and one that owns and operates power plants. The separation means that AEP’s power plants will no longer directly serve the utility’s customers in the state. Instead, the plants will sell electricity on the open market, while the delivery business will purchase electricity on the market for its customers.

2013 131

"Utility Cited for Violating Pollution Law in North Carolina"

Environmental Economics

Forgive my lack of chronological consistency while I try to clean up my inbox: North Carolina regulators said Monday that five power plants owned by Duke Energy have been cited for violating water pollution laws, three days after announcing a similar action against Duke’s plant in Eden, N.C., The citations, which charge Duke with failing to obtain storm-water permits under federal law, could lead to fines of $25,000 per day for each of the six plants.

A Renter’s Market: BirdReturns Offers Innovative Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Due to air quality regulations in California, most rice farmers flood their fields during the middle winter months in order to decompose the straw residue left over after harvest. The economic aspect of this program has not been covered in as much detail, but it is a critical element that allows conservationists to take the program to a landscape scale. It’s an economical approach to conservation , allowing our members’ donations to go farther and be more effective.

2014 68

Why do we need to get richer?

Green (Living) Review

The holy grail of perpetual economic growth. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What is it with our obsession with wanting to grow ever richer and with the notion and holy grail of perpetual economic growth and GDP? The dominant Western science, economics, with which they like to measure progress, does not take account of suffering, of poverty, nor do mainstream business models consider it to be a costs. more economic growth perpetual growth economy

2013 110

"Economists Debunk Media Fearmongering About New EPA Rule"

Environmental Economics

Media Matters : After the EPA proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, several conservative media outlets claimed that the new rule would increase electricity prices for consumers by prohibiting the construction of coal plants without carbon dioxide controls. But economists and other analysts say that because low natural gas prices are already suppressing coal-plant growth, the rule will not significantly affect electricity rates.

2012 131

Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

In many areas of the country deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by preferentially feeding on select plant species. Webster (2005) found severe and lasting impacts at Smoky Mountain National Park to be so complete that some plants such as trilliums were unlikely to recolonize local areas on their own. Deer are also well-documented vectors for the dispersal of non-native exotic plants (Knight et al.

Reviving the Commons: Using Incentives to Protect the Nation’s Sources of Fresh Water

Nature Conservancy - Science

Since passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, federal and state regulations, educational outreach, and improved farming, industrial and household practices have done much to clean up America’s rivers; but as the EPA assessment makes clear, there is much more to do. Good landuse choices like grass waterways, terracing, and contour planting (A; photograph by BWS), manure storage lagoons (B; photograph by D.

2016 47

Jordan’s First Nuclear Reactor: No-Go without Parliamentary Pre-approval

Green Prophet

Toukan says the plant will cost one third of Kharabsheh’s prediction, adding that uranium reserves have capacity to fuel this project and also be exported for sale to neighboring countries. He notes that the plant developer will be required to cover half of the total program cost. “At the end of the day, no agreements to set up a nuclear plant in the Kingdom will be signed unless thoroughly discussed and fully approved by Parliament,” concluded Toukan.

Marx was an efficiency freak?

Environmental Economics

In a major victory for benefit-cost analysis: In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the smog from coal plants that drifts across state lines from 28 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast. The 6-to-2 ruling bolsters the centerpiece of President Obama’s environmental agenda: a series of new regulations aimed at cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Brothers (this would be a great show on HGTV. sell your flood prone home at a bargain price or raise it and keep living there)

Environmental Economics

in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and began teaching at Yale. In the ensuing decades at Yale, Bill developed an economic model that put a price tag on the effects of climate change, like more droughts, flooding and crop failures and stronger hurricanes. will justify the new regulation is with an analysis showing that the economic benefits of the climate change rule would outweigh the costs.

2014 171

China’s Pollution And Us

Eco Friendly Daily

Particles from coal plants in China have been found landing on the West Coast of the United States and the drifting of these particles is a global problem. This then fueled an immense economic growth for the country, the likes of which have never been seen in the history of our civilization. Environment Green News China china coal plants china pollution consumerism

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Pindyck: "If anything, the cost of carbon could be higher"

Environmental Economics

TOPICS:  Environmental Regulation. the apparent economic benefits of new environmental regulations. climate plan hinges on such regulations, including restrictions on new. power plants that the Environmental Protection Agency is set to release. " The article includes comments by economists Robert Pindyck and William Nordhaus about the estimates of the economic cost. economic analysis of setting prices or limits on these emissions?

2013 125

In case you have forgotten how much the Paris climate deal might cost the U.S.

Environmental Economics

Real Time Economics (i.e., of the total economic output that year.  So most countries, under pressure from peers as well as domestic critics, settled on cuts likely to cause small to moderate economic pain in the medium term, with the potential for big benefits in the longer term if all the major economies comply and humankind keeps the effects of climate change at bay. If the power-plant rule survives court challenges, it could weigh on coal-related jobs, but the U.S.

2017 122

Civic economy and sharing economy

The Green Changemakers

Through organisation, connection with people and use of the best approach to collaborative investment, an alternative economic platform is on the horizon. From local food growing projects to sustainable supermarkets, community waste-to-energy plants to cooperative telecoms services, these initiatives are having a tangible impact on the social and economic realities in cities, villages and towns. Economics Economy

2014 40

"How Much Will the Paris Climate Deal Cost the U.S.?"

Environmental Economics

Real Time Economics (i.e., of the total economic output that year.  So most countries, under pressure from peers as well as domestic critics, settled on cuts likely to cause small to moderate economic pain in the medium term, with the potential for big benefits in the longer term if all the major economies comply and humankind keeps the effects of climate change at bay. If the power-plant rule survives court challenges, it could weigh on coal-related jobs, but the U.S.

2015 122

I guess my co-blogger didn't take the bait

Environmental Economics

Here is the article I mentioned the other day when I was at the beach and, not the rub it in, you weren't (and I was hoping Tim would do my work for me): Many economists agree that regulation comes with undeniable costs that can affect workers. Factories may close because of the high cost of cleanup, or owners may relocate to countries with weaker regulations.

2011 116

"Environmentalists Say" — Sightline Daily - Northwest News that.

Sightline Daily

For example, check out this King 5 segment on the phase-out of coal at the TransAlta plant in Centralia, Washington. First, the TransAlta plant does not, in fact, produce 12 percent of the states electricity. The truth is it almost doesnt matter what pollutant you pick -- carbon dioxide, mercury, sulfur dioxide, smog-forming compounds, particulate matter -- the TransAlta coal plant is far and away the single biggest polluter in the state. Skip to content.

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"Governments Await Obama’s Move on Carbon to Gauge U.S. Climate Efforts"

Environmental Economics

This was in today's emailed headlines from the NYTimes: President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts in Beijing, Brussels and beyond will scrutinize to determine how serious the president is about fighting global warming. Chinese policy experts say that Mr. Obama’s regulation could end that standoff. 

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