Now there's a stimulus package I can support

Environmental Economics

It's the brewery as economic stimulus: a formula even a frat boy could love. But in fact, mounting evidence suggests that beer in particular, and the beer industry that surrounds it, may be as good for growth as excess sobriety. In some of the world's toughest investment climates, beer companies today are building factories, creating jobs, and providing vital public services, all in the pursuit of new customers for a pint.

World Cup economics

Environmental Economics

There is a large literature that shows that mega-event investment is lousy stimulus : Brazil is looking to the FIFA World Cup, starting next week, to jumpstart its sluggish economy as millions of tourists traverse the country to see the games. However, analysts warn that the World Cup likely won’t provide any long-term economic stimulus, when the additional revenue won’t reach the levels needed to sway a $2.2

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Environmental Economics: My name is Kingof Socks

Environmental Economics

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"Depression Economics and Climate Policy"

Environmental Economics

But there’s one argument Quiggin, somewhat surprisingly, doesn’t make: Douthat has the economics all wrong. Douthat’s essential point, as I understand it, is that economic troubles make this a bad time to take on the burden of climate adjustment, that they strengthen the case for waiting to see if we can get by doing less and using cheaper approaches. Second, it is a reach to say that environmental policy can act as Keynesian stimulus.

DOE Announces Recipients of Smart Grid Stimulus Fund

Green Life Smart Life

Since peak electricity is the most expensive energy – and requires the use of standby power generation plants – the economic and environmental savings for even a small reduction are significant. Tagged: American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Department of Energy, Florida Power and Light, Green, President Obama, smart grid, Smart Grid adoption, Smart Grid stimulus grants.

National Grid Applies for $200 Million in Stimulus Funding for Largest Collective Smart Grid Project in the Northeast

Green Life Smart Life

Department of Energy for $200 million in stimulus funding to develop an “end-to-end” smart grid deployment that will include approximately 200,000 customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Through its smart grid program, National Grid is partnering with the three states to help them achieve their vision for a clean, efficient energy network of the future while creating new jobs and economic development opportunities for the region.

Telling the Truth About Education?and About Ed Reform | Mother.

Mother Jones

21, 2013 9:51 AM PST Tweet In a recent column about the limitations of data, David Brooks wrote this about the debate over how effective economic stimulus has been: "As far as I know not a single major player in this debate has been persuaded by data to switch sides."

The Economics of Desire

The Green Changemakers

First, just a little history of how we got to this current economic consequence. The current economic crisis has its roots in the housing bubble that peaked in 2006, when many "subprime" lenders offered mortgages with low teaser rates to borrowers who were not qualified to repay them. The Feds lowered interest rates by a half a percentage point, injected $41 billion into the financial system, and initiated a $170 billion 'economic stimulus package.

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Smart Grid Coalition Presents Views to House Democratic Caucus on Job Creation and Support for Economic Recovery

Green Life Smart Life

Earlier today, at the invitation of the House Democratic Caucus, representatives of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) presented their views on smart grid development, job creation, and economic recovery to over 200 Members of the House at the body’s annual Issues Retreat. . Investing in the smart grid means investing in every state in ways that provide local jobs and local benefits as well as supporting our economic recovery and our environmental goals.&#.

The Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: A Regional Review

The Green Changemakers

ISBN: 978-971-561-788-8 Publication Date: April 2009 In stock This report provides a review of the economics of climate change in the Southeast Asian region. The basic policy message is that efforts must be made to apply all feasible and economically viable adaptation and mitigation measures as key elements of a sustainable development strategy for Southeast Asia. Economic and Social Development C. Tags: Management Ebook Economics Climate-change

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Daily Demand and Supply: Let's hear it for 'The Boy'

Environmental Economics

It's an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. In California, they're counting on it to end a historic drought; in Peru, they've declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. And it's likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar. It's El Niño — most likely, the largest in well over a decade, forecasters say. A lot more than mere weather, it affects lives and pocketbooks in different ways in different places.

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Conservative economists heart carbon taxes

Environmental Economics

Bush-era chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors;  Douglas Holtz-Eakin , Sen. John McCain’s 2008 chief economic adviser; and Art Laffer , progenitor of Reagan’s treasured Laffer Curve. Depending on how broadly or narrowly you define economic growth, these taxes either arguably or definitely hurt growth. But a Pigovian tax  creates  economic growth by allowing markets to allocate resources more efficiently.

I don't care about the lives saved, just tell me how many jobs were created!

Environmental Economics

What is the economic value of research? Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee in charge of education issues, is how much the National Institutes of Health generates in economic growth for every taxpayer dollar it receives. "That They’ve been working on the assumption that the true economic value of the nation’s scientific investment, through the NIH and other agencies, is almost surely a lot higher than $2.21

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I'm a macro forecaster

Environmental Economics

July 28, 2011 – Optimism is out; pessimism is in among the country’s top economics bloggers as they look to 2012 and beyond, particularly regarding jobs. Fully 95 percent of respondents view current economic conditions as “mixed” or “facing recession,” an increase of 10 percent from second quarter, and a third predict a double-dip recession during 2012. When asked to evaluate the 2009 stimulus, 77 percent of economics bloggers believe that it had a neutral or negative effect.

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Environmental Justice and the Green Economy

The Green Changemakers

Source: EJ Stimulus A Vision Statement and Case Studies for Just and Sustainable Solutions As we complete this report, the nation awaits action on a comprehensive climate change bill, and the Stimulus begins to inject billions of dollars into a troubled economy.

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Global Economy Expanded More Slowly than Expected in 2011

Green Blog

Meanwhile, growing income inequality and environmental disruption are challenging conventional notions of economic health. Developing Asia was responsible for 25 percent of global economic output in 2011. China has also grown more unequal in recent years despite booming economic growth.

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Governor Schwarzenegger Launches the California Green Corps

Green (Living) Review

State To Utilize Federal Economic Stimulus Funds & Public-Private Partnerships For Green Jobs Training Sacramento, Ca., March 2009 : Immediately after meeting with President Obama's Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in Sacramento to discuss federal economic stimulus funding and job creation, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today launched the California Green Corps. Investing at least $10 million in federal economic stimulus funding from the U.S.

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Renewables hands-down cheaper than coal, new report

Green Prophet

It would also yield an investment stimulus of USD 940 billion, which is equal to around 1% of global GDP. “We The case for new and much of the existing coal power generation, is both environmentally and economically unjustifiable,” said Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA.

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Green Business Climate

Living In a Toxic World

Economic issues are on most people's minds these days. A chart at Economist.com shows the percentage of green spending in a country's stimulus package. Tags: economics green business government regulation In this economy many people are considering starting their own business. Since green collar jobs are big talking point evaluating the green business climate is a good place to start. Depending on where you live there may be more or less government support for your venture.

The end of growth

The Green Changemakers

INTRO: The End of Growth The central assertion of this book is both simple and startling: Economic growth as we have known it is over and done with. the bailouts of banks, insurance and car companies, and GSEs; the stimulus packages of 2008.

Beyond Consumerism: Replacing the Value of "More" with "Enough"

The Green Changemakers

Advertisers, credit card companies, soft drink makers, banks, car companies, computer manufacturers, and government stimulus programs are but a few of the institutions aligned with consumerism. Consumption Economics Economy Green Sustainability Sustainable-development

Renewable energy investment matchmaking platform launched

Green Prophet

While a pathway to deeper decarbonisation requires total energy investment up to USD 130 trillion, the socio-economic gains of such an investment would be massive, the Outlook reveals. The Outlook also looked at energy and socio-economic transition paths in 10 regions worldwide.

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I'm a twofer

Environmental Economics

Bill Keller in a piece where he is trying to understand economics and partially blames loud mouth bloggers for the lack of compromise in DC: The other day House Speaker John Boehner put out a list of 132 economists who signed a statement endorsing a Republican menu of spending cuts, tax cuts and deregulation. Off-the-beaten path AND a blogger.

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How to Shrink the Economy without Crashing It: A Ten-Point Plan

Green (Living) Review

Modern economies have been constructed to require growth, so that shrinkage causes defaults and layoffs; mere lack of growth is perceived as a serious problem requiring immediate application of economic stimulus. Is it possible, at least in principle, to manage the process of economic contraction so as to avert chaotic collapse? The human economy is currently too big to be sustainable.

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Solar Snark

Environmental Economics

Economic issues across the nation are contributing to the early demise of solar incentives such as tax breaks, grants and rebates. And economic issues in other countries. It's been a while since I let my snark out.so let's see if I've still got it. 

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Consumption vs Production

Living In a Toxic World

It is now obvious that pursuing profit before any thing else will lead to economic collapse. The stimulus package is not going to create the structural change needed to move forward. Environmentally sustainable thinking in our economic planning is the quickest way to drive the change because it has built in checks on waste and over consumption. Tags: economics China sustainable development

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Are renewable subsidies for electric cars a good deal?

Environmental Economics

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Green Jobs Create Negative Job Growth

Living In a Toxic World

The part I find odd is that when it is applied to the green economy it becomes a negative news story but there is no shortage of "stimulus" and bailout money. Tags: economics sustainable development green economy government regulation Citing a Spanish study, a Bloomberg article reports that green job creation programs actually cost jobs elsewhere in the economy.

Slow Money: Bringing Money Down to Earth

The Green Changemakers

Governments of the world just threw tens of trillions of dollars of stimulus money at the economy. CSAs are such a beautiful and relatively simple thing that it’s easy to overlook how radical they are and how fundamental they are to creating a cultural and economic shift.

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Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy

The Green Changemakers

can create two million jobs by investing in a rapid green economic recovery program, which will strengthen the economy, increase energy independence, and fight global warming. students in Economics and Research Assistants at PERI. Tags: Energy Economics Green

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Path to a Peace Economy

The Green Changemakers

David Korten presented the following speech on October 19, 2009 during a keynote lecture at the Economics of Peace Conference in Sonoma, California. You don’t treat a cancer with Band-Aids, and we can’t resolve our current economic crisis with marginal regulatory adjustments.

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10 Reasons to Shop Local

The Green Changemakers

Shopping locally is important for environmental sustainability as well as economic sustainability. Local First an organization aimed at promoting sustainabile economic devolpment in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area. Local Economic Stimulus. Tags: Life-style Economics Green Consumption by Matt Embrey “Going local does not mean walling off the outside world.

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Energy UN group: we need 31% more renewables by 2020

Green Prophet

It will cost $750 billion USD – but this can be investment stimulus people, and wind and solar can get us there. Renewables hold the key to sustainable development and should be central to energy and economic planning all over the world.”. It’s easy.

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Vote for my haiku!

Environmental Economics

Free Exchange :  THE KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION conducts a quarterly survey of economics bloggers (you can see the third quarter results  here ). It  It tends to focus on current economic conditions and policy questions, but the fourth quarter questionnaire contained something a little different: a challenge to capture the state of the economy in haiku. Monetary stimulus is all that's left Do it right or suffer Target NGDP to end the quest -James Picerno.

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Gets a Much Needed Go Ahead

Eco Friendly Daily

Solar plants are also in a race towards completion as those that begin construction before December 31 qualify for a Treasury Department grant totaling 30 percent of a project’s cost, as part of last year’s economic stimulus package.

Why This Crisis May Be Our Best Chance to Build a New Economy

The Green Changemakers

As challenging as the economic meltdown may be, it buys time to build a new economy that serves life rather than money. The world of financial stability, environmental sustainability, economic justice, and peace that most psychologically healthy people want is possible if we replace a defective operating system that values only money, seeks to monetize every relationship, and pits each person in a competition with every other for dominance. By David Korten Wall Street is bankrupt.

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The Frontier of Renewable Energy: Texas?

Eco Friendly Daily

Two years ago, Texas politicians considered global warming to be a bad word, and the entire concept was ignored as a whole, but that has all changed and we have the economic recession to thank for it. Texas is the home of oil, steaks, cattle and George W.

President Obama Grants $2 Billion in Green Energy Job Push

Eco Friendly Daily

billion in money taken from the $787 billion economic stimulus that Obama drove through the U.S. The Obama administration has been willing to kickstart the recovery process through federal incentives and loan guarantees.

American Solar Industry To Grow Due To Utility Companies

Eco Friendly Daily

According to Barclays, the solar energy industry is expected to see a great deal of growth in the next few years even with the current economic issues. Federal stimulus money is expected to play a large part in the success of such projects since many banks are still in turmoil.

Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy

The Green Changemakers

by David Korten The financial crisis has put to rest the myths that our economic institutions are sound and markets work best when deregulated. Our economic institutions have failed, not only financially, but also socially and environmentally. The real need, however, is a bottom-up transformation of our economic values and institutions to align with the imperatives and opportunities of the 21st century. Economic power must be equitably distributed.

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Good News: U.S.D.A. Promotes Local and Organic Food with $52 Million

Eco Chic

I wish that the reason for this change could be attributed to the inherent goodness of “the people’s department,” but it is largely economically motivated. In other words, allocating federal funds towards local food production and organic businesses is economic stimulus.

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A Ruby Red Mystery Flows from Lebanon’s River

Green Prophet

Perhaps the answer is yes, words are not enough because the human brain needs a sensory stimulus before it can feel any sort of emotion like empathy. A less “naïve” answer could say that it is due to the Machiavellian nature of this increasing populous world and obsession with GDP figures, which sees the preservation of environmental resources as an obstacle to economic development.

Power + Water: Middle East to Bring Energy Sector Together With Desalination Industry

Green Prophet

MENA developing countries are overtaking the developed ones for the first time, with 104 per cent growth in projects driven by new renewable energy mandates like clean energy regulations, government subsidies and economic stimulus.

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