Low-Carbon Cities of the Future: Resilient Cities

Lately I have been profiling cities and politicians who are leading the way towards a low-carbon future.  As many of the readers of this column know, I recently published a book with Hunter Lovins entitled Climate Capitalism Capitalism.  Hunter and I were disappointed by the lack of progress on climate action in North America largely … Continued


Super Cool Biz Summer in Japan: Yes to Hawaiian Shirts, No to Neckties!

Here’s a little experiment for you: While you’re sitting in your office, wearing your usual work outfit, set the thermostat at 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Now see how long you can handle it before you’ll run to the thermostat and change it back to its original temperature. Is it difficult to stay focused after couple of … Continued


Why I Would Vote for Mitt Romney Instead of Obama

UPDATE: Boyd Cohen has recanted this position. For other perspectives on the candidates, check out these posts: Five Problems with the Romney-Ryan Budget Romney Energy Plan a Massive Pipeline Dream On Taxes, More Than 47% Will Question Why Vote For Mitt Romney Why Vote for Mitt Romney? Not the Economy! Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CEO, CO2 … Continued

CIA analyst predicted peak oil from 1978

CIA Predicted Peak Oil More than 30 Years Ago

The CIA’s interest in predicting peak oil is pretty clear when you think about the disruption that would occur when an oil dependent world with a surging population is faced with declining oil supplies.  Peak oil would give rise to shortages in gasoline, fuel oil and petrochemicals, which would lead to price spikes in food … Continued


What Should We Tax? Income vs Consumption

Originally posted in The Daly News, a project of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy by Herman Daly For some time a small group of ecological economists has been suggesting that we switch the tax base from income (value added to natural resources by labor and capital), and on to natural … Continued

Say Yes to Taxes

By: Maggie Winslow “Cut taxes.  Let people decide how they want to spend their money.”  This has been the rallying cry of the small-government advocates for the last few decades.  It is a very appealing idea.  However, letting people decide how the bulk of our national income is spent is not necessarily good for social … Continued


Top 10 Climate-Ready Cities in the U.S.

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CO2 IMPACT Cities are now home to a majority of the world’s population and are on the front line in the battle against climate change.  While action at the federal level in the U.S. has been painfully slow, cities in the U.S. are starting to lead by example at a local level. … Continued


Latest Tea Party Action Targets Planning, Sustainability and the Greater Good

Well, it seems like those tea party folks are at it again, proudly displaying their unique, mind-bending brand of self-centered absurdity, which, when mixed with a healthy dose of righteous indignation might just rouse their somnambulistic followers to take action at the polls. This is why, in an era when narcissistic dimwits like Sarah (ah … Continued

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Hawaiian Geothermal Energy: A Gift from the Gods?

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 Tia Ferguson In 1881, King David Kalakaua of Hawaii and several of his closest advisors paid a visit to New York.  During this visit, Kalakaua sought the counsel of Thomas Edison … Continued


Capitalism: Can Long Term Thinking Overcome Quarterly Earnings?

By: Kate Shaw Capitalism, as we currently understand it, is failing and has been failing for some time.  Just as we adapted our wings, we need to adapt our understanding of capitalism and the framework within which it functions. First we assume that the last several decades have viewed capitalism as it is defined by … Continued

RGGI Comprises 10 states and several observing states and provinces

New Jersey Leaves the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) announced that his state is leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade scheme involving 10 northeastern states. During a press conference, Christie called the RGGI a “failure,” and claimed it is “not effective in reducing greenhouse gases and is unlikely to be in the future.” He described … Continued


Tougher Fuel Economy Standards Could Add 236,000 California Jobs

A new report released this week on fuel economy and emissions standards for the state of California concludes that the idea there is a necessary trade-off between environmental goals and economic growth is a fallacy. It comes at a time when there is much deliberation over vehicle standards by both the NHTSA and the California … Continued