Category Archives: Environment

Remains of the Day

So I’ve come out of hibernation… that’s the best excuse I could come up with for my extended absence. And with that, I’ve got some findings to share: Negative externalities: DC students are noisy, must reduce nighttime volume to sound … Continue reading

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Pixar and Politics

The thinking drinking man’s film critic, Vince Mancini, wrote that Toy Story 3 was the third best movie of the year. I won’t spoil his other top picks, but I wanted to share a brief rant he went on, because … Continue reading

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It’s Noisy Being Green?

That’s what I’ve gathered lately. And since we’ve seen the darker side of environmentalism’s noise, as discussed in a prior post by Prodigal Son, consider the following: 1)      The latest news is that people in Vinalhaven, Maine are losing sleep, … Continue reading

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Lower your carbon footprint… or else!

Environmentalists have a PR problem. As the reaction to the recent video shows, many in the environmental movement are out of touch with political tact as well as how the average person responds to incentives. I actually think this is … Continue reading

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The environmentalist’s paradox

The ‘environmentalist’s paradox’: as human well-being continues to increase, ecosystem services — defined by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as benefits people receive from ecosystems — have deteriorated. We must likely deal with global effects of ecosystem linkages in the (near?) future. In the meantime, we should look to Brazil as a case study — many of its problems resulting from competing claims on resources are ahead of the global curve, and hopefully many forward-looking solutions will be too. Continue reading

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The Giant Panda, Fraud

A recent trip to the National Zoo got me thinking.  What’s the deal with all the panda stuff? Panda propaganda abounds.  There is a panda pavilion, a panda pagoda, a panda gift shop, and, of course, the panda exhibit.  My … Continue reading

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The Brief Case against the Carbon Tax

Last week, reader Alex asked, “Would libertarians approve of a carbon tax if it was accompanied with an abolition or 50 year suspension of the federal income tax?” Putting the political infeasibility of this aside, my answer is no for … Continue reading

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Question for the Commentariat

Reader Alex writes: Would libertarians approve of a carbon tax if it was accompanied with an abolition or 50 year suspension of the federal income tax? I won’t pretend to speak for such a diverse movement. Personally, since I’m such … Continue reading

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