28 March 2014

Anything but water

  1. "Experts" are still struggling with suggestions on how to reduce carbon output/climate change. Three (or six!) years ago, I spoke in favor of a carbon tax in developed countries and actions to improve living standards in LDCs (often possible if fuel subsidies are removed). My ideas are still the same, except that some countries are now starting to see the folly in subsidizing low carbon technologies...

  2. In 1850, Frederic Bastiat published That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen. I recommend that you read it to understand how lobbyists take YOUR invisible money and jobs to "produce" visible gains. For a modern example, read how Congress is wasting $billions to send "patriot coal" to Germany. We keep our soldiers warm at (at least) triple the cash/carbon cost of using local energy

  3. Vancouver's "alcohol deregulation" creates windfalls for liquor stores, probably not by accident

  4. Energy lobbyists overestimate the cost of new regulations, but so do regulators. Reasons: (1) regulators are from or work for industry or (2) people are afraid of change

  5. A thousand years of European border changes may explain why the EU won a Nobel Peace Prize for NOT going to war. (Russia is doing its best to foul that record.)

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