Revisiting @stevedavisUCI @kencaldeira CO2 outsourcing study via @andrereichel. ~11% US consumption-related emissions occur outside US borders; 33-50% for European countries.

Encouraging conclusions for musicians, artists, filmmakers? Study finds: “file-sharing can actually benefit the creative industries in various ways. The report mentions the success of the SoundCloud service where artists can share their work for free through Creative Commons licenses, the promotional effect of YouTube where copyrighted songs are shared to promote sales, and the fact that research shows that file-sharers actually spend more money on entertainment than those who don’t share….”

Jim Hansen seeks a third political party centered on fee-dividend climate approach:  ”[W]e are near a point when the American people should contemplate a centrist third party…

I was in government 40 years, long enough to understand how aging organizations can evolve into self-licking ice cream cones, organizations whose main purpose becomes self-perpetuation rather than accomplishment of their supposed objectives. The public can see this tendency in our politicians, our Congress, and our major political parties.

Our government has failed to address climate, energy, and economic challenges. These challenges, addressed together, actually can be a great opportunity. Our democracy and economic system still have great potential for innovation and rapid adoption of improved technologies, if the government provides the right conditions and gets out of the way.

The Solution is Not Rocket Science

Conservatives and liberals alike can recognize the merit of honest pricing of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels today receive subsidies and do not pay their costs to society. Human health costs of pollution from fossil fuel burning and fossil fuel mining are borne by the public. Climate disruption costs are borne by the victims and all taxpayers.

This market distortion makes our economy less efficient and less competitive. Fixing this problem is not rocket science. The solution can be simple and transparent….  READ ON

Welcome words from @VolokhC: [E]ven if a doubling of CO2-equivalent will produce warming at the low end of conventional projections, it is still a serious concern (even from a libertarian perspective). 


@Levi_M offers valuable insights in a look at the new oil age. Under IEA scenarios for cheap, medium and costly oil, the resulting tracks for CO2 emissions barely differ. Much more here.

@Levi_M offers valuable insights in a look at the new oil age. Under IEA scenarios for cheap, medium and costly oil, the resulting tracks for CO2 emissions barely differ. Much more here.

50 years of federal spending in one chart (@NPRnews @PlanetMoney).

Fun cartoon from @malekanoms on why US gas price is high despite ample supply, low demand. Answer? Bernanke monetary policy. Evidence? Chart of stock prices relative to gas prices. Bernanke has different view. Omid Malekan made headlines in 2010 with explainer on “quantitative easing.”

Post on @TheEconomist Schumpeter blog charts dark side of hyperconnectedness: ‘Blizzard of buzz.’ http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full-width/images/print-edition/20111231_WBD000_0.jpg I see upside swamping such issues, particularly if/when media (to stay alive) provide filters for overloaded public.

Post on @TheEconomist Schumpeter blog charts dark side of hyperconnectedness: ‘Blizzard of buzz.’ http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full-width/images/print-edition/20111231_WBD000_0.jpg I see upside swamping such issues, particularly if/when media (to stay alive) provide filters for overloaded public.

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Kenny Broad. at #SEJmiami: Why did God invent economists? To make climate scientists look good.