Category Archives: Climate Change

Cash for clunkers

Cash for Corollas: When Stimulus Reduces Spending by Mark Hoekstra, Steven L. Puller, Jeremy West – #20349 (EEE IO PE) Abstract: Cash for Clunkers was a 2009 economic stimulus program aimed at increasing new vehicle spending by subsidizing the replacement of older … Continue reading

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Predictions versus outcomes in 2013?

In the last 5 years, I have made a point of giving clear predictions on complex socio-economic issues. I give predictions partially to improve my own understanding of humanity: nothing sharpens the thoughts as much as having to actually predict … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Protocols

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came back into the news on Monday (11 November), with reports[i] on a paper published in Nature Geoscience which finds that reductions in chlorinated fluorocarbon (CFC) emissions achieved under the … Continue reading

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Climate Leak Bombshell or Numeric Dyslexia. We report. You Decide.

High profile climate un-changer Professor Andrew Bolt of the Herald Sun School of Thought Homogeneity, is well known for his contention that the temperature rise of the planet has stopped.  He’s been saying it for years.  Today,  Professor Bolt wrote … Continue reading

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Just deserts, Justice or Equity?

I have just completed a lengthy answer to a very thoughtful comment on my previous post on climate change. And because the raises lots of Very Big issues about how one talks and reasons about ethics, I thought I’d exercise … Continue reading

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High-speed rail: an expensive hobby

(Cross-posted at I like trains. For a while when I was a kid, I spent Saturdays clambering around Adelaide’s Mile End Railway Museum and most of my pocket money buying items for an elaborate train set. Which may explain … Continue reading

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for mass moral outrage

Troppo author and prominent academic economist Paul Frijters has been banging away for years about how current climate change policies (including carbon pricing) are doomed to failure. The sincere (and entirely well founded) concerns of scientists and environmentalists about the … Continue reading

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