"My favorite things Kentucky"

Environmental Economics

  How about the Kentucky Colonels ?   Popular music : My Morning Jacket , Kentucky Headhunters. Those accents are Kentucky.   The list was annoying (no mention of KFC, horses or bourbon) until we got to "How about  the Kentucky Colonels ?" Tyler Cowen: 1. Popular music : The Everly Brothers, I recommend this song.    There is also Loretta Lynn and Dwight Yoakum and Merle Travis, I like this video. 

Because schools in Kentucky suck.

Environmental Economics

He said Big Ten presidents would never agree to admit Louisville or Kentucky. Ohio State's president told a university committee in December that Notre Dame wasn't invited to join the Big Ten because they're not good partners, and joked that Catholics can't be trusted.

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Overheated Kentucky city gets serious about trees and urban forestry

Green (Living) Review

So it''s good news indeed that Louisville, in decidedly red-state Kentucky, is getting serious about tackling its urban heat island effect through increased urban forestry, as well as efforts to promote reflective surfaces and green roofs. green living Kentucky trees urban forestry

What do title do you tell journals you prefer? Dr.? Prof? Me? I prefer Kentucky Colonel

Environmental Economics

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"Tiny Centre College in Kentucky lands $250M donation"

Environmental Economics

News about my alma mater : A tiny liberal arts school in rural Kentucky that hosted vice presidential debates in 2000 and 2012 announced a $250 million donation Tuesday, one of the largest single gifts in higher education history. The all-stock donation to Centre College from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust ranks among the 20 biggest gifts ever to a U.S. college or university, according to a list maintained by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

I'm voting for Kentucky as the worst college football state

Environmental Economics

The most spirited "competition" in college football this season might be between those ancient gridiron antagonists — the state of New Mexico and the commonwealth of Kentucky — over which state with multiple FBS programs is producing the worst caliber of football. Here in Kentucky, we might have to fumigate the entire commonwealth if the level of football doesn't pick up dramatically over the second half of the season. How bad is our football in Kentucky?

Huge Clean Energy Boost for Eastern Kentucky

Sierra Club Compass

After plans moved forward to retire the coal-fired generators at the Big Sandy Power Plant outside Louisa, Kentucky, the question remained, what does it mean for the energy future of eastern Kentucky? AEP's subsidiary, Kentucky Power, has agreed to invest in clean energy programs with a special focus on low-income community developments in Lawrence County, which sits on the eastern edge of the state next to West Virginia. "This

Would someone let the Kentucky AG know that I was price gouged last week

Environmental Economics

This picture was taken in Tennessee but still

"Watch A Kentucky Student Do The World's Worst Job Of Pitching A Tent"

Environmental Economics

It can get violent— Kentucky stations medical personnel at the race to the campsite —and that all this is done for tickets to watch the team practice tells you most of what you need to know about the role basketball plays at UK.). Here's a time lapse video of this morning's festivities ( via Kentucky Sports Radio ) and we direct your attention to the yellow tent at bottom center.

Kentucky's Coal Challenges -- Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

Sierra Club Compass

  First, some good news: In a victory for clean water and public health, late yesterday a Kentucky circuit court overruled a lax permit that allowed Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) to dump large amounts of mercury, arsenic,  and other pollutants into the Ohio River from its Trimble County Generating Station coal-fired plant.   Kentucky has proposed revisions to its water-quality standards for the toxic pollutant selenium -- revisions that benefit the coal industry.

The University of Kentucky's economics PhD program just moved up one notch in the SEC rankings

Environmental Economics

The University of Florida is cutting its PhD program ( A once flourishing program.): Like many public universities, the University of Florida faced significant budget cuts in the recent economic downturn. Such cuts led to reductions and eliminations of Ph.D. programs across the country, including at Florida, where the computer-science, engineering, psychology, and statistics programs have downsized. But it is rare for an economics program to be on the chopping block.

Treacherous Ice Storms in Kentucky—What is Gaia Saying to Us?

The Alien Next Door

The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Monday, February 2, 2009 Treacherous Ice Storms in Kentucky—What is Gaia Saying to Us? Keeping with the theme of climate—and climate change—this time last year (January-end, 2008) I was in Louisville, Kentucky, unknowingly braving the devastating effects of an unseasonal tornado. It was night time and I’d never experienced a tornado before…And I was in Kentucky—not Kansas (LOL!).

Huge Win Over Big Coal Preserves Historic Kentucky Landmark

Sierra Club Compass

Big Coal's overreach turned into a huge win for healthy air and clean water supporters in Kentucky when a proposed permit for a coal ash pit recently went up in smoke. Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Energy had targeted a Trimble County natural cave to dispose of about one million tons of coal ash waste each year. "But for now we will enjoy this great victory for the people of Kentucky."

Acknowledge Almighty God or go to jail

Green (Living) Review

Atheists can be jailed in Kentucky for not acknowledging God by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the US State of Kentucky you can be jailed, under a State Homeland Security law, for 12 months for refusing to acknowledge “Almighty God”. Since the law first came onto the Kentucky statute in 2006 it has been challenged by American Atheists, overturned, and then reinstalled upon appeal. Supreme Court in a bid to overturn this Kentucky homeland security law.

Drinking Smoke and Peat with Mac & Cheese

The Alien Next Door

Many years later, I found myself travelling in Kentucky and sampling its signature drink—Kentucky small batch bourbon whisky. Like Champagne, Bourbon is named for the area it was first conceived, known as Old Bourbon (now Bourbon County in Kentucky) Getting the Lagavulin, Faculty Club Pub and after the French House of Bourbon royal family. scotch on the Faculty Club patio It’s been a while since I drank scotch.

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Mysterious seeds from China arriving in mail across America

AGreenLiving

States that have released public notices against planting the unsolicited seeds include Washington, Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Minnesota, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Dakota, Texas, Alabama and Florida. Kentucky , one of the first states to receive reports of unsolicited seeds, issued warnings to residents.

Environmental Economics: Where I'll be Friday night

Environmental Economics

Main | When males write the faculty anti-discrimination rules » March 21, 2011 Where Ill be Friday night It's ON: The Battle of Env-Econ: Ohio State versus Kentucky, Newark, New Jersey, 9:45 PM ET.

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2013 NIT Challenge first round summary of picks

Environmental Economics

Weird, most everyone picked Kentucky to beat Robert Morris. Don't they know Kentucky can't win on the road Click here:  Download 2013 NIT Challenge - Google Drive.

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New editors at the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

Environmental Economics

Blomquist, University of Kentucky. Hoyt, University of Kentucky. Good luck guys! Editors-in-Chief. Glenn C. William H. via www.degruyter.com. Glenn was my dissertation advisor and Bill was on my committee. I'm biased, but I can't think of a better editor-in-chief team

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Will EU Apply Carbon Tariffs Against US Rogue States?

Green Living Ideas

In five states 90% of the electricity comes from coal: Wyoming, North Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana. Tags: Alternative Energy News and Events 90% coal carbon tariffs copenhagen final document due January 31 France Indiana Kentucky North Dakota West Virginia Wyoming In Colorado it is 70%. A relatively few highly coal-dependent states is the reason that the overall American carbon footprint per capita is so much higher than Europeans.

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The Somerset Collection: Toulouse Gets Lost in Detroit

The Alien Next Door

There was the other liquor store incident in Louisville, Kentucky. Part 2: Louisville, KY.Chambord Liqueur-the Taste of Luxury.Lightning Bugs & Kentucky Lightning.Cooking South Dakota-Storming Wyoming.Car Trouble in Montana.Waves, Spirals and the Face of God.Are you an Empath? The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Saturday, November 7, 2009 The Somerset Collection: Toulouse Gets Lost in Detroit “Toulouse lost? you say. What happened?

It's a Marathon, not a Sprint

Environmental Economics

 Michael Giberson: On May 12, 2015 Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway filed a lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum Company  alleging Marathon has engaged in anti-competitive practices that cause higher gasoline prices for Kentucky consumers. This isn’t the first time a Kentucky Attorney General has gone after Marathon over gasoline prices in the state. What else happens every four years in May in Kentucky?

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Runnin' with the Devil

Environmental Economics

Here's a story that combines three of John's favorite topics: Sports, Kentucky and an odd obsession with the mark of the beast : In one of the strangest cases of purported religious beliefs intersecting with athletic performance, a Kentucky junior cross country runner voluntarily walked away from a chance to qualify for the state meet to avoid running with the bib number "666", which she said conflicted with her Christian beliefs.

There are no coal mines on Mars

Environmental Economics

Huffington Post ): In a condemnatory speech last week against the Obama administration’s new Environmental Protection Agency carbon emission regulations , Kentucky state Sen. Although the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has stated that the new EPA rules will not cause Kentucky to shut down any additional coal-fired power plants, state lawmakers Thursday blamed federal environmental regulations for shuttering the state’s coal mines.

But always keep a laser-like focus on statistical significance (p < 0.05)

Environmental Economics

Advice from one of the editors of REStat  (and University of Kentucky PhD): Free Advice to Economists: When you put up regression tables, take a single coefficient and use it in a sentence in English. Amitabh Chandra (@amitabhchandra2) February 7, 2017

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Picture of the day

Environmental Economics

On the way back from Kentucky over Labor Day weekend we stopped in Hampton, TN to take advantage of the $1.96/gal gas price. I'm not proud of this because I think the world would be a better place if gas taxes were higher. But, I'm not stupid either. The price was $2.24/gal right over the state line in Newland, NC. I saved $3.63

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Battle of Env-Econ

Environmental Economics

in Transylvania, Kentucky (no really, that's a place).  Just received the Spring softball schedule for the Official Oldest Daughter of Env-Econ (OODEE).    On March 1, 2015, Wittenberg University (home of OODEE) will battle the spelling challenged alma mater of John, Centre College (what? can't handle being a U?)   At stake is nothing short of.well.nothing is really at stake.    We don't even know if she will see field time yet

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My spring football recap (with no mention of The Ohio State)

Environmental Economics

Kentucky’s crowd of 4,000 was dead last. Kentucky 4,000. At least Kentucky and Vandy both have Ivy League-type academic emphases John Clay: The SEC has released spring game attendance figures for each of its 12 schools. And, to be truthful, I’m not sure there were 4,000 there. Here’s the list: Alabama 92,310. Auburn 53,209. Florida 51,000. Georgia 43,177. Arkansas 42,000. Mississippi State 36,357. Tennessee 35,891.

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Similarly, I've entered into a private deal with a fair trade coffee farmer*

Environmental Economics

Export-led growth:  Kentucky coal producers have reached an agreement to export 9 million tons of coal annually to India for the next 25 years in a $7 billion deal that is a boost to the region’s sagging mining industry. The deal, which would equate to about 8 percent of Kentucky’s annual coal production, could help India avert power outages like the one last week that left more than 600 million people without electricity, India officials said.

Girl Scouts vs coal mining

Environmental Economics

A negative externality example for your micro principles course:  For 55 years, the Girl Scout camp has been a destination for families across Kentucky and Indiana. A strip mine proposed by a nearby company, Western Kentucky Minerals, could soon surround the camp, altering its bucolic vista for years. Western Kentucky’s mine, Pleasant Ridge, would have three sites — along Route 231, Girl Scout and Russell Roads — and produce an estimated 2.1

I hate to go all free market on you but.

Environmental Economics

Insurance claim money earmarked for rebuilding a tornado-devastated tree nursery in eastern Kentucky may be spent instead to help close a state government budget gap, putting the nursery’s future at risk. The nursery, one of two operated by the Kentucky Division of Forestry, was flattened by the March 2012 tornado that raked West Liberty in Morgan County. The only other state nursery, in Western Kentucky, could not meet statewide demand, he said.

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Picture of the day

Environmental Economics

Locke, Western Kentucky University. Discussants: Lala Ma, University of Kentucky. Glenn Blomquist, University of Kentucky. No one believed me when I said I was a discussant in a SBCA session. Here's the proof: November 24, 2015. SBCA sponsored two panels at the Southern Economics Association annual conference on Saturday, November 21.    One, organized by JBCA editor Glenn Blomquist, focused on the benefits and costs of environmental and health policy. 

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John vs the field

Environmental Economics

In honor of the Kentucky Derby and one of John's favorite pasttimes (indie bands) here's a quiz to see if you can identify whether each entry in a horse or an indie band.    Post your results in the comment section.    I got 13.  

My question is why John was in a dialysis center in the first place?

Environmental Economics

The rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville was taken to a new level on Tuesday when two fans started a fistfight at a dialysis clinic, according to WYMT.com. “I I think this is a first at a dialysis center,” Lt. Robert Swanigan said. The fight started when the fans began arguing about which team would win Saturday’s Final Four match-up. via tracking.si.com.

2012 126

Daily NCAA baskeball bracket reminder

Environmental Economics

Join in the fun as there is at least some chance that Kentucky and Ohio State could face each other in the finals and push the limits of the EnvEcon founders' friendship Entries for the annual Env-Econ NCAA basketball bracket challenge/contest/game.are due no later than Thursday at noon Eastern.    Details for signing up can be found here.

2012 126

"Ohio State’s jersey 'coincidence'”

Environmental Economics

My University of Kentucky football jersey, the one I wear when I watch games, is #11. 2011 is the year that Kentucky broke their 26 year losing streak against the University of Tennessee ( with a wide receiver playing QB for the first time since high school ). John Clay: In his basketball notebook a couple of weeks back, Jerry Tipton wrote about the issue of schools selling jerseys with numbers that often correlate to the most recognizable players on the team.

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Monitoring and enforcement

Environmental Economics

Safety (and environmental) regulations have no teeth unless the monitoring and enforcement effort is there: After the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster killed 29 miners last year, federal coal-mine regulators launched a new program of safety blitzes, showing up unannounced at mines in Kentucky and other states, seizing telephones so people underground would get no warning, and fanning out in search of hazards.

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I told a journal that I was a Colonel

Environmental Economics

It's not untrue as I am a Kentucky Colonel ( the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky ) and my parks & rec league 3v3 basketball team was the Colonels a few years ago. My strategy is to reveal my lack of seriousness and reduce the number of journal reviews that I'm asked to do. From

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The least that I can do is CAIR*

Environmental Economics

A Western Kentucky utility told the Kentucky Public Service Commission Wednesday that it intends to abandon pollution controls that would have allowed it comply with the U.S. Benefit-cost analysis be darned: The fallout has begun just one day after a federal appeals court scrapped a major EPA rule designed to curb long-distance drifting power plant pollution — and Louisville’s air quality may pay the price.

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Daily Demand and Supply (2): Oh, the horror!

Environmental Economics

  First off, we reached out to Kentucky's Buffalo Trace Distillery, which has been the source of most of the "bourbon shortage" hype. "Yes, You see, John has Kentucky roots, where bourbon is a way of life. Is the great bourbon shortage really real?    After writing about it last week , we got some rather irate emails from readers, alleging that we were being fed a marketing scam. There's some skepticism out there on the internet, as well.)

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What is so wrong about the consumer paying the true cost of grain, coal and oil?

Environmental Economics

barges, with their cargoes of grain, coal and oil, to navigate the uneven waters of the Mississippi, Kentucky [1] and Ohio Rivers. There are 192 locks on 12,000 miles of river across the country; most were built in the 1930s, even earlier than Kentucky Lock and Dam, and have long outlived their life expectancy.   [1] Most of ya'll are familiar with the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers but what is the Kentucky River ? It moves from southeastern Kentucky (i.e.,

2015 153

Daily demand and supply: A simultaneous (and equivalent) increase in demand and supply leads to no change in price

Environmental Economics

Twenty-seven states saw gas prices decrease or hold steady on the week with Delaware (-4 cents), Kentucky (-3 cents) and North Carolina (-3 cents) seeing the largest declines. From AAA ( gas prices fluctuate moderately across the country ): With the national gas price average at $2.89 – just a penny more expensive than last week – the majority of states are seeing moderate jumps and even declines at the pump.

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Sporadic posts (more so than usual?)

Environmental Economics

Official oldest daughter of Env-Econ's softball team has qualified for the ASA Northern Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky this week.    Fifty-Five teams from 11 states. Hopefully their coach (me) can lay off the KY bourbon long enough to keep from embarrassing himself

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