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A Seasonal Tale: The Brilliant Economists of Easter Island

In trying to explain belief economics, I was reminded of a seasonal story: the tale of the utterly brilliant economists of Easter Island.  Despite the historical inaccuracies, it nonetheless makes a startling case. Belief Economics is the study of why … Continue reading

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We can have growth but we need to be way more musical about it

A recent report (http://www.boell.de/ecology/resources/resource-governance-ecology-green-growth-rebound-effect-15794.html) explains how energy and resource efficiency measures can backfire leading to a far small reduction in emissions than we anticipate. The report, which is written with admirable clarity, describes and explains the “rebound effect”.  Under the … Continue reading

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Gina Rinehart v Daryl Hannah. No contest.

People say: “You need economic growth if you want to save the planet.  You need wealth to be able to invest into green energy and new farming technologies and electric cars and insulation and so forth.” This doesn’t stack up: … Continue reading

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