The Vortex May Offer Cheaper, Space-Saving Alternative for Wind Energy

Mock-up image of Vortex units installed in desert

As the wind power industry grows, those 100-foot pinwheels are becoming more and more an accustomed part of the landscape. They could soon, however, be a thing of the past. Vortex Bladeless, a Spanish company, is proposing a radical new way to generate energy from the wind. The bladeless turbines, elongated upside-down cones that they … Read more

Economics in Support of Environmentalism

-Mason Gaffney “Economics in support of environmentalism” – is that an oxymoron? There are economists who put down environmentalists as unwelcome intruders in social policy; there are environmentalists who file economists under “The Great Satan.” Some economists deserve it. I will show how these differences arise, and how we may compose them. I. Worthy goals … Read more

Detroit Conference: Reclaiming Our Land and Water

Detroit, Michigan

Once Detroit was motown, the home of Mustangs, Chevies and Cadillacs, of Aretha, the Jacksons, the Temptations. What happened? How can it be turned around? How can other cities escape the suffering that Detroit has endured? In the 1960s, in the town of Southfield, the Detroit suburb where the Council of Georgist Organizations (CGO) annual … Read more

Whose Water? Ours! How to End California’s Water Crisis

Mason Gaffney & Polly Cleveland   It’s sounding again like the drought of 1976-77: “Shower with a friend.” “Put a brick in your toilet tank.” “Fix your leaky faucet.” “Replace your lawn with a cactus garden.” And then the pictures: denuded ski slopes, boat docks resting on the bottom of empty reservoirs, dry brown furrows … Read more

In Europe, the Polluter Gets Paid

The NGO Carbon Market reported last week that European businesses make billions from free carbon quotas. For the average European Joe, this must sound absurd and incomprehensible. Wasn’t the European Union Emission Trading scheme intended to make the polluter pay? Perhaps the question is: who is being paid, then? Other–bigger–polluters, so it seems. The idea is that … Read more

Vortex May Offer a Cheaper, Space-Saving Alternative for Wind Energy

Mock-up image of Vortex units installed in desert

As the wind power industry grows, those 100-foot pinwheels are becoming more and more an accustomed part of the landscape. They could soon, however, be a thing of the past. Vortex Bladeless, a Spanish company, is a proposing a radical new way to generate energy from the wind. The bladeless turbines, elongated upside-down cones that … Read more