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April 19, 2010

Climate Change
Why Bill McKibben is wrong on cap-and-dividend

Bill McKibben has a piece in the new issue of TNR arguing that the Cantwell-Collins “cap-and-dividend” bill is vastly superior to whatever the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman effort will produce. I’m not buyi…

June 21, 2018

What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio?

Just how important have foreign inflows been to the Treasury market?  

What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio?

May 13, 2015

Fossil Fuels
The Environmental and Climate Stakes in Arctic Oil Drilling

On Monday, the Obama administration gave Shell conditional permission to move forward with Arctic oil drilling. The New York Times captures a common sentiment well in identifying this as a “tricky in…

Oil Drilling Arctic Environment Climate_5132015

December 1, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Nuclear Smuggling, and Gun Violence

Craig Whitlock, “Drone Crashes Mount at Civilian Airports,” Washington Post, November 30, 2012. In Djibouti, five Predators have crashed since the Air Force began ramping up drone operations there t…


December 20, 2012

Fossil Fuels
The Five Most Influential Energy and Climate Studies of 2012

Ideas matter. Or at least Council on Foreign Relations fellows like to believe that: otherwise, we’d be wasting a lot of our time. With that in mind, I canvassed some of the smartest observers of the…

February 21, 2012

Defense and Security
Ask the Experts: What Would Iran Do With a Bomb?

In 1995, Kenneth Waltz and Scott Sagan coauthored the book, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate, which sought to address the question: what are the likely consequences of the spread of nuclear we…

Bushehr nuclear reactor 2

November 11, 2011

Climate Change
Can the Keystone XL Coalition Stop Climate Change?

Bryan Walsh, writing at TIME, is right: Bill McKibben and the Keystone XL protestors have pulled off something pretty impressive. I’m not talking about the merits of the indefinite delay to the pipel…

June 8, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Solar and Oil are Two Different Things

Bill McKibben has an op-ed on the oil spill and climate politics in the LA Times. It’s got a mix of good stuff and crazy stuff in it. But one line in particular irritated me: “Had [Obama] chosen to,…

December 5, 2008

Monetary Policy
Reserves are meant to be used in bad times

Tracy Alloway of the Financial Times’ Alphaville blog -- echoing Robert Sinche of the Bank of America -- thinks that spending reserves to defend your own currency and support your own banks is a form…