E3 Network created RealClimateEconomics in 2009 to demonstrate the weight of peer-reviewed economic research that supports immediate and extensive emissions reduction as a precaution to avoid uncertain, but potentially catastrophic, climate change impacts. Part of what motivated us was the popular perception that climate change was “just” an environmental problem that we could not afford to solve. And while there are certainly economic analyses that strike such a cautionary tone, as economists publishing and teaching in this field, we knew that the weight of evidence to the contrary was compelling. Why, then, weren’t more people aware of it?
We understood that part of the blame fell on economists and academic publishing more broadly, for producing high quality research that is basically undecipherable to non-academic audiences. But we also suspected a bias in media reporting. A new journal article by political scientist, Jules Boykoff, in the latest issue of the journal PS: Political Science and Politics (the journal of record for the American Political Science Association) confirms such a bias. (more…)
Tags: Cancun talks, China, costs of inaction
E3 Network’s Eban Goodstein has spent the last 15 years arguing that regulations are not job killers. The empirical evidence of job losses from environmental and human health regulations over the last few decades in the US simply do not support the job killer myth. On the contrary, regulations that require investments in new technologies and machinery can create new jobs, especially in slack economies.
In this interview, Goodstein’s arguments are paired with real life examples from Maryland, where more stringent air quality regulations on power plants have compelled coal-fired power plants to install billion-dollar scrubbers. None of the dire predictions of job losses and blackouts have come true and new jobs have been created - a win-win for people and the environment.
Brandon Shores scrubber with Melissa Sampson - NPR
NPR Interview – Clearing Air Job Killer Myths
Tags: jobs, regulation
The U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP17) is currently taking place in Durban, South Africa. This time last year, we hosted a series of commentaries called Spotlight Cancun. Here are some of the highlights from that series.
Spotlight Cancun: Climate Realism
Eban Goodstein asks: are we too late for meaningful climate action?
Spotlight Cancun: Cancun and the New Economics of Climate Change
Frank Ackerman on existing debates about the economics of climate action
Spotlight Cancun: Kyoto Protocol Post Mortem
Kristen Sheeran on the significance of the Copenhagen Accord for the Kyoto Protocol
Spotlight Cancun: Negative Carbon and the Green Power Fund
Graciela Chichilnisky on negative carbon and economic development
Spotlight Cancun: Why Do U.S. States Emissions Vary So Widely?
Elizabeth Stanton on the factors driving variations in emissions per capita in the US
Tags: Cancun talks, Durban