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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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Priming as policy: forest schools and nuclear power

It takes five years to educate a child from the age of five to ten.  It takes between ten and twenty years to build a nuclear power station in a democracy.  We should consider carefully the implications of this in … Continue reading

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The footprint of fulfillment

One of the most important social, economic and environmental questions is: what do we do once we have enough food and shelter?  This is relevant for two or three billion people on the planet, and among those are the people … Continue reading

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Ten policies to reduce demand for carbon intensive living and policies

Engender loathing of cars through humiliation of children whose parents drive them to school in an SUV Induce spite for poor insulation by attaching social stigma to people with single glazing   Create a visceral loathing of driving by adding … Continue reading

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Ten policies to increase demand for low carbon living and policies

Today a think-tank (IPPR) published a call for a central bank to regulate the EU ETS.  You heard this back in May 2006 on the Bustard (http://www.thebustard.com/?p=457). So here, a few years too early, are ten policies to cut emissions. … Continue reading

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