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Dec 19, 2011

Cap-and-dividend climate policy

This short cartoon from lays out how a cap-and-dividend climate policy would work:

Source: Cap’n Dividend.

Dec 18, 2011

The case for true-cost pricing: Indian Point nuclear plant

“Indian Point: The Next Fukushima?” Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Victor Gilinsky, writing in The New York Times:

Some 160,000 Japanese are still displaced because the radioactive contamination — in an area far less populated and less dense than the New York area — was so intense and far-reaching. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s cost-benefit analyses for Indian Point and other nuclear plants in the United States do not factor in these possibilities.

Read the entire piece here.

Dec 14, 2011

Econ4 in Chronicle of Higher Ed

Recently critics have mounted a more fundamental line of attack on mainstream economists, taking aim at the ideology that has grown dominant over the past 30 years, which they say played a significant part in causing the Great Recession and not doing much to help solve it.

Read the entire piece here.

Dec 11, 2011

The High Price of Materialism

A new video from the Center for a New American Dream.


Dec 11, 2011

“Get It Done”

Youth delegate Anjali Appadurai at the Durban climate summit.


Dec 11, 2011

Market share among U.S. banks


From the same issue of the Times, Gretchen Morgenson’s excellent piece on TBTF (too big to fail):

Reducing the perils of gargantuan institutions — and the threat to taxpayers — is an idea that seems to be taking hold in Washington. To be sure, the army arguing for change is far outgunned by the battalions of bankers and lobbyists working to maintain the status quo. But some combatants seeking reform believe they are making headway.

Read it here.

Dec 3, 2011

Economics 4 People, the Planet, and the Future

From James Boyce’s post on the TripleCrisis blog:

Our current economic crisis is not only a crisis of the economy. It is also a crisis of economics. The free-market fundamentalism of the closing decades of the 20th century today has been thoroughly discredited – or at least, should have been – by financial collapse, swelling inequality, global imbalances, mass unemployment, and environmental degradation.

Read the rest of the article here.

Nov 30, 2011

Wanted: Worldly Philosophers

Economists should see the big picture – and ask the big questions. But in a recent oped piece, Roger Backhouse and Bradley Bateman argue that the profession has been so preoccupied with the trees that it lost sight of the forest:

It’s become commonplace to criticize the ‘Occupy’ movement for failing to offer an alternative vision. But the thousands of activists in the streets of New York and London aren’t the only ones lacking perspective: economists, to whom we might expect to turn for such vision, have long since given up thinking in terms of economic systems — and we are all the worse for it.

Read their piece here.

Nov 29, 2011

Nancy Folbre: Occupy Economics

From Nancy Folbre’s NYT Economix post, Occupy Economics:

The Occupy Wall Street movement, displaced from some key geographic locations, now enjoys a small but significant encampment among economists.

Concerns about the impact of growing economic inequality fit neatly into a larger critique of mainstream economic theory and its deep faith in the efficiency of markets.

Read the rest of the article here.

Nov 21, 2011

We are the 99%

Animation on U.S. income distribution from The Guardian.