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

Rough Seas for Shipping Industry Emissions Agreement

Depending on how it’s spun, recent shipping industry meetings on controlling greenhouse gas emissions through market-based trading schemes either made “steady progress” or no progress at all. The International Maritime Organization characterized the meetings of the third inter-sessional meeting of the Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions that ended early this month in London as … Continued

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The 5th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival: More Than Just a Concert

On July 29th through August 1st this summer, Newark, New Jersey’s Lincoln Park will host its 5th Annual Music Festival.  And despite the impressive lineup (featuring the likes of Carrie Jackson, Adegoke Steve Colson, Lance Williams and True Worship, Keith Bailey & A.N.T, Danny Krivit, Kenny Bobien, Loleatta Holloway, and DJs Immortal Technique and 9th … Continued

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Honoring the Dead But Building for the Living

By Royce DuBiner On Hawaii’s island of O’ahu, a major rail transit project is currently underway to build a 20-mile elevated rail line for the Honolulu metropolitan area. The proposed route will connect downtown Honolulu with the suburb of Kapolei. The line is designed to reduce traffic congestion on roads around the city and provide … Continued

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Beyond the Red-Blue Electric Car Divide

Should electric cars be a political issue dividing not just red states and blue states, but a person’s political and sustainability philosophy?  Yesterday, we reported on the 25 most electric vehicle-ready cities.  Morgan Cledaniel from Fast Company observed that cities moving forward with electric infrastructure are in blue states.  While the observation is an interesting … Continued

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Terminating the GHG Debate: CA Governors Schwarzenegger and Davis

The connection between greenhouse gasses (GHG) and global warming is a difficult one for many Americans to grasp. The connection may be obvious for 3p readers but for folks that may be global warming naysayers, the connection between human induced emissions and a global heat wave is tenuous. Why should folks and companies reduce their … Continued

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Wanted – Both Dead and Alive: Cap and Trade

This piece is inspired by the Navigating the American Carbon World 2011 Conference, in Los Angeles, CA. Cap and trade is both dead and alive.  How can this be?  It’s dead on the national and international level, but alive and flourishing at the regional and state level.  Let me explain. Amid the national and international … Continued

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California Utilities to be Powered by 1/3 Renewables

Editor’s Note: The following is a non-sponsored guest post by Gary Fazzino, Applied Materials. We enjoy periodically bringing corporate voices to the 3p audience and invite your comments and thoughts. California has a long tradition of leading innovation – and the clean energy technology sector is no different. While the clean energy debate in Congress … Continued