Michael Hoexter

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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Carbon Pricing is Just One Piece of the Puzzle: Towards a Comprehensive Climate and Energy Policy - Part 5 (of 5)

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Carbon Pricing Is Just One Piece of the Puzzle: Towards a Comprehensive Climate and Energy Policy - Part 4

by: Michael Hoexter

One of the limitations of carbon pricing is that, as a support for renewable energy or other clean generation technologies, it is a roundabout and scattered means of “leveling the playing field”. Energy markets that still enjoy the climate-altering bonanza of fossil fuels are generally less excited from a narrow utilitarian perspective about renewable energy without heavy policy support, excepting in some areas large onshore wind projects.

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Carbon Pricing Is Just One Piece of the Puzzle: Towards a Comprehensive Climate and Energy Policy - Part 3

by: Michael Hoexter

In part 1 of this very long blog post, I described how the current economic crisis has reversed the prestige and standing of two competing schools of economic thought that are also attached to distinct worldviews, monetarism/supply side vs. Keynesianism.

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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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Decision Space for a Post-Carbon World: Towards Better Technology Choices

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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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