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A Genuine Measure: GDP vs Genuine Progress

The Gross National Product was the official measure of production in the United States until 1991. At that point, GNP was replaced by it’s close cousin Gross Domestic Product.

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Increasing Gas Prices Despite Subsidies

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By John Heylin If there’s one thing that will get environmentalists fired up, it’s the discussion over federal subsidies for the oil, nuclear and coal industries.  Renewable energy is forced to stand … Continued

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Who is More “Sustainable”, Rich or Poor?

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Emily Alt There have been numerous debates over who is more sustainable: is it affluent people who can afford all the new fancy sustainable products, such as hybrid cars and solar … Continued

Sound Energy Policy Should Consider Rebounds

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By: David Groves When a device’s energy efficiency increases, it becomes cheaper to operate. This can encourage people to use it more, negating some of the expected reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) … Continued

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Step One, Population Control

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By: Jonathan Gibson Sustainability is all about fundamentals; it’s about fairness, equality, responsibility, and paying as we go.  Underlying these fundamentals is the supply and demand of resources.  With fixed world resources, … Continued

Pressure Builds to End $4 Billion in Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies

In these days of federal budget-cutting (and high gas prices), it was only a matter of time before subsidies for oil companies came under closer scrutiny. That moment has come. Chatter has been building for a few weeks and things came to a head this past Saturday, when President Obama used his weekly address to … Continued

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What Government Must Learn From Disasters

By the year 2050, 9.2 billion people with robust personal and communal energy needs will inhabit the globe.  Such extreme population growth demands an honest conversation on energy consumption and sustainability.  Nuclear energy will inevitably remain at the forefront of the debate.  However, the scourge of recent natural disasters, particularly the earthquake and tsunami in … Continued

American Budgetary Politics: Taxes, Deficits, and the Notorious “Laffer Curve”

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Katie Grote “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” wrote Benjamin Franklin, but in today’s America is that still true?  Even with our debt-to-GDP … Continued

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Is Sustainability Stimulus Funding Sustainable?

Yesterday, a mock hip hop battle video was released describing two opposing economic solutions to the recent “great recession.” On one side, we have John Maynard Keynes, who advocates for more stimulus and more deficit spending to get the economy out of recession. On the other side, we have F.A. Hayek, who champions savings and organic … Continued

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Planning for Natural Disasters

Is it really possible to plan for a natural disaster?  After the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, it is virtually impossible not to ponder this question. There is abundant information in circulation on preparing for natural disaster.  Around the world, economists have studied the long-term economic repercussions; governments and … Continued

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NYC Finds Solar Energy Gold in Old Landfills

Landfill gas recovery is becoming a familiar fixture in the alternative energy scene, and now New York City has added a new dimension to the idea of extracting valuable resources from seemingly useless parcels of land. The city plans to build utility-scale solar installations on its old landfills, to the tune of about 50 megawatts. … Continued

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NYC Gives Homeowners Free Rain Barrels

New York City’s Department of Environment Protection (DEP) is giving away 55-gallon rain barrels to homeowners – 1,000 barrels this year. The program began in spring 2008 when the DEP distributed 250 barrels to homeowners in Queens. In 2009, 750 barrels were distributed to homeowners. The program was initiated by the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection … Continued

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Does Earth Day Matter? Taking Stock of Where We Are in 2011

By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CO2 IMPACT Well, here we are again, Earth Day 2011.  Some of the readers of this weekly series on Climate Capitalism are well aware of my general dissatisfaction with the role that events like Earth Hour and even 350.org actually have in moving the needle on massive issues like climate change. … Continued

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TVA Settles on Clean Air Violations

A settlement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority will resolve alleged Clean Air Act infractions at 11 TVA coal-fired plants in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Under the settlement, which includes a $10 million civil penalty, TVA will invest an estimated $3 to 5 billion on new, upgraded “state of the art” … Continued