Big-Oil Prepared for Climate Change While Denying its Existence

A 1997 Mobil Oil ad in the New York Times and Washington Post read “Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil.”  It continued:“Scientists cannot predict with certainty if temperatures will increase, by how much and where changes will occur.” … 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

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

Under the Dome –China’s Smog

-Ben Harp A new documentary by Chinese journalist Chai Jing titled “Under the Dome” has been hailed as China’s “Silent Spring” (a reference to Rachel Carson’s 1962 book which motivated the US government to protect the environment.).  Chai Jing’s film was initially welcomed by the Chinese government, but as the documentary went viral they suddenly … Read more

Keystone XL: This Far. No Further.

“We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.” — Cyril Scott, President, Rosebud Sioux Tribe “Get off my land!” That injunction, which calls to mind a rifle-wielding homesteader, protecting hearth and home against intruders — is about as American an image as you … Read more

Ten Ways to Create a Sustainable New York City

Is the planet doomed?   In Ursula K. LeGuin’s fascinating series of “Hainish” novels, the earth’s future is described with the most chillingly brief offhandedness. Hundreds of years before the events these books relate, the home of the “Terrans” was irreversibly poisoned by war and greed. A remnant of the people survived, and went on, … Read more