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Economist: Cost of Air Conditioning

Economist: Cost of Air Conditioning

Critics counts air conditioning as more a curse than a miracle. Cooling buildings and vehicles pumps out almost half a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Between 1995 and 2004 the proportion of homes in Chinese cities with air conditioning rose from 8% to 70%.

Economist: Chicago Energy Industry

Economist: Chicago Energy Industry

Chicago claims to have the densest network of charging stations for electric vehicles, and to be home to more wind-farm companies than any city in America. The state is spending up to $3.2 billion on modernising the electrical grid in Illinois. It has also put aside $72.5m to invest in new smart-grid technology.

Green Economy Initiative

Green Economy Initiative

The objective of the UNEP-led Green Economy Initiative is to provide the analysis and policy support, through components including the Green Economy Report, advisory services, and research, for investing in green sectors and in greening environmental unfriendly sectors.

Pavan Sukhdev: Economist

Pavan Sukhdev: Economist

Pavan Sukhdev is McCluskey Fellow at Yale University. Building on 25 years of financial markets experience, his work is focused in showing how corporations and society can and should work together to achieve common goals and build a green economy.

INET: The Coase Theorem as Fiction

INET: The Coase Theorem as Fiction

When externalities are present and transaction costs are absent, private parties will strike welfare-enhancing deals regardless of who owns what. In a frictionless world, bargaining leads to efficiency. That is the essence of the Coase Theorem, and it is fiction, according to Steven Medema.

CBO: Cost of Fannie-Mae/Freddie-Mac

CBO: Cost of Fannie-Mae/Freddie-Mac

Support for the mortgage market has been part of a broader federal policy aimed at encouraging home ownership and at making housing more affordable for families. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration have been an important aspect of that policy.

NYT: Let’s Be Less Productive

NYT: Let’s Be Less Productive

Professor Tim Jackson argues for slowing down. He describes how our relentless drive for economic growth undermines not only our economic system, through encouraging behavior that gives rise to financial crises, but also our quality of life and the environment we live in.

Adam Curtis: Filmmaker

Adam Curtis: Filmmaker

Adam Curtis is a BAFTA-winning documentary filmmaker, whose work includes The Century of the Self, an award winning documentary film on how Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have analyzed and controlled ‬people.

GAO: Budget and Spending

GAO: Budget and Spending

The Government Accountability Office provides public access to its wide-ranging research related to Budgets and Spending. Covered topics include Fiscal Outlook, Government Operations, Strategic Sourcing, Budget and Spending, Medicaid, Streamlining Government, and Public Transportation.

CBO: State and Local Governments

CBO: State and Local Governments

The federal government imposes requirements on state, local, and tribal governments and entities in the private sector to achieve national goals. CBO prepares mandate statements for bills that are approved by authorizing committees and issues annual reviews of Congress’s activities under UMRA.

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