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February 18, 2005

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
More borrowing, on the other hand, is always a political winner

Deficits really don’t matter, at least in some circlesBush said earlier this week that he would not rule out paying those transition costs by raising the current wage cap of $90,000 that can be taxed…

April 10, 2010

Climate Change
Krugman on Climate: The Good

Paul Krugman’s essay in tomorrow’s New York Times Magazine is generating a lot of buzz. I like it more than most of what’s written on climate and economics these days, but I’ve still got a few rese…

April 11, 2010

China
Chinese renewables aren’t growing faster than coal

There’s a bunch of buzz about a CleanTechnica analysis claiming to show that “Renewable Energy [is] Now Growing Faster than Coal in China”. I wish the analysis were right. But if you dig into the und…

June 18, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Is Drilling a Relief Well in Advance the Answer to Deepwater Blowout Risk?

There is a lot of buzz over Senator Frank Lautenberg’s suggestion that oil companies be required to drill a relief well at the same time as they drill any deepwater production well. That would allow …

August 17, 2010

Summer Reading

I’m traveling for the next couple weeks and so will be posting lightly (at best). In lieu of analysis, here are a few things I’ve been reading that I’d encourage others to look at too: “Evaluation o…

January 14, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Hu Is Coming

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China's President Hu Jintao in Seoul. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Chinese President Hu Jintao comes to Washington next week for his first vi…

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China’s President Hu Jintao in Seoul

November 24, 2010

Climate Change
Could the U.S. Walk Out at Cancun?

The buzz around the Cancun climate talks is that progress is possible on a range of issues, including things like technology centers, support for avoided deforestation, and a financial mechanism for …

June 14, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Michele Bachmann, GOP Presidential Candidate

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Michele Bachmann made some news at last night’s rather sedate GOP presidential …

Congresswoman  Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

January 14, 2011

Fossil Fuels
What Wine Prices Tell Us About OPEC

What do oil and wine have in common? A new working paper from two IMF economists, which is generating a lot of buzz, argues that they’re a lot more alike than you’d imagine. (Hat tip: Steve LeVine.) …

What Wine Prices Tell Us About OPEC

May 9, 2011

Elections and Voting
Quick Takes: So Who Won the GOP Presidential Debate?

Herman Cain speaks at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's "Presidential Summit on Spending and Job Creation" in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 29, 2011. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) …

Herman Cain speaks at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s