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Consumption, Happiness, and Climate Change

A large body of literature has developed over the past several years on the economics of happiness. One of the key insights of this literature is that beyond a subsistence level of income, relative income is often more important than...

Toward a Climate-Literate Society

In 1958, as part of the science education efforts for the International Geophysical Year, a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) publication, Planet Earth: Mystery With 100, Clues, explained that the natural greenhouse effect was being...

Using Economics to Fuel Responsible Energy Consumption Decisions

Examining individual consumption behavior is pertinent to both the current sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as policies designed to limit these emissions. A wide variety of private household decisions generate...

Tools for Measuring Individuals' Climate Behaviors and Greenhouse Gas Impacts

In the United States, the residential sector accounts for a significant proportion of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced each year. Sixty-two percent of vehicle emissions come from passenger cars and light-duty trucks, and one-...

Corn Futures: Consumer Politics, Health, and Climate Change

The price of grain is now directly tied to the price of oil. We used to have a grain economy and a fuel economy. But now they're beginning to fuse.

Mexicans have long been known as the Corn People, but that label perhaps provides...

Supersizing the American Dream in an Era of Climate Change

I. Supersizing Trends

Thoughtful Americans recognize that the United States is a prodigious consumer of energy and natural resources, and as such, a large-scale emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary greenhouse gas (GHG)...

Who Are Climate Change Activists in America?

During the climate change meetings at the Group of Eight (G-8) Summit in July 2008, President George W. Bush summarized the results of the meeting:

The G-8 expressed our desire to have a--a significant reduction in greenhouse...

Evangelicals, Climate Change, and Consumption

Before 2006, some American evangelicals were indifferent about environmental issues, but many were hostile, denouncing "environmental wackos" and the quasi-religious language of the environmental movement. But the release of a...

Social Norms and Policies to Promote Energy Efficiency in the Home

Reducing household energy use is an important policy objective for governments and utilities as it comprises a low-cost and low environmental impact alternative to expanding energy supply. There are two broad approaches to reducing...

Remarks on Connecticut v. American Electric Power

I was told that part of the reason I was invited to speak here was that I had given a warm welcome to participants at a recent "takings" program held at the Vermont Law School. The other reason was my involvement in the recent case from...