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Cap and Trade: A Tangled Web of Good Intentions and Bad Policy – Part 2

In the first part of this post I identified 10 features of cap and trade, the favored climate policy of many policy elites at this point in time, that make the policy ineffectual. I outlined how cap and trade was sold to America and the world based on faulty assumptions as well as its superficial political appeal to the then Clinton Administration.

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Cap and Trade: A Tangled Web of Good Intentions and Bad Policy – Part 1

I favor some of the more aggressive actions to avert climate catastrophe, actions which nevertheless do not compromise the continuity of human life and well-being. The climate which enabled our evolution as a species and the societies upon which we depend has almost no price attached to it. Averting this calamity, if we can, is the moral equivalent of war.

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Are We Free to Pollute the Atmosphere? Climate Change, Wealth and Liberty - Part 2

by: Michael Hoexter

In Part 1 of this post I summarized US and worldwide efforts to create legal standards to limit GHG emissions and described the political opposition to these efforts as based on a narrow conception of liberty, negative liberty, popular among conservatives over the last three decades. I introduced two types of ethical system, deontology and utilitarianism as helpful in understanding the debates over climate legislation.

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Are We Free to Pollute the Atmosphere? Climate Change, Wealth and Liberty - Part 1

by: Michael Hoexter

In Part 1 of this two part post I look at climate change regulation from the perspective of  political fights around the concept of freedom and government intervention. As it turns out, the philosophical discipline of ethics has something interesting to say about these conflicts.

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Gordon Brown's YouTube Trauma

Guest Post by: Charlie Osmond

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Carbon Pricing Is Just One Piece of the Puzzle: Towards a Comprehensive Climate and Energy Policy - Part 2

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Carbon Pricing (Cap and Trade/Carbon Tax) Is Just One Piece of the Puzzle: Towards a Comprehensive Climate and Energy Policy - Part 1

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Bailouts Can Get Innovative. Banks, Autos...What's Next? How about Adult Entertainment?

by: Idris Mootee

2009 will be a year of free money for industries. As banks, cities and the auto industry apply to the federal government for a bailout, expect to see more industries joining the queue for government bailouts. We see public schools are trying to get some of this government money.

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A Green New Deal for Detroit (and Beyond)

by: Michael Hoexter

Now as the Big Three American automakers are teetering on the brink, is the time for the government to provide direction to an industry that has lacked a decisive winning strategy and forward-looking product plans over the past decade, if not decades.

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The (Renewable) Electron Economy as the Solution to the Oil Crisis: A Summary for Policymakers - I

by: Michael Hoexter

Lines formed at gas stations during the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. Today, in the near future, rationing is more likely to take the form of high prices rather than through limits on consumption.

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