Thursday, February 21, 2019

How Energy Efficiency Delivers Green Dividends in Red and Blue States

Promoting and rewarding energy efficiency is popular even in conservative states, and is an important way to get the green ball rolling and have some near-term impact.

Links 2/15/19

Amazon Drops New York City Headquarters Plan in a Snit

Does the testy abandonment of its New York City “HQ2” scheme mean we’ve hit Peak Amazon?

Who Is Really A Socialist?

Identifying some core “socialist” views.

Is the Opioid Overdose Crisis a Story of Supply or Demand? Depends Where You Look

Economic distress in rural areas and opioid exposure in cities are key indicators of overdose deaths.

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/14/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Harris, Booker, Iowa, anti-semitism flap, DNC shenanigains, retail sales, business inventories, employment, Amazon drops NYC HQ plans, Lexipol, Newspaper Guild, insulin, Medicare Advantage, influencers, urban planning, fun with cranes

And Now This Message From Some Very Rich People: ‘Please Raise Our Taxes’

Some wealthy people point out they wouldn’t even notice, much the less mind, the sort of increases in taxes now under discussion.

Links 2/14/19

Brexit: The Test of the Ultras?

Another supposed big Brexit day in Parliament. Will this prove to be yet another damp squib?

If Medicare for All Is Politically Impossible, “All Payer” Could Fix the System

How an “all payer” program could be a big and politically palatable step towards fixing America’s broken health care system.

China’s Mountain Of Debt Is About To Crumble

A worrying update about China’s corporate debt.

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/13/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Holder, Harris, Bloomberg, Omar’s “Kinsley Gaffe,” AOC, consumer price index, business inflation expectations, Saudi tanker, podcast advertising, Walmart, Amazon, Mars One, car payments, batteries, privatized water, worker co-ops, snakes in the grass

Climate Damages: Uncertain but Ominous, or $51 per Ton of Carbon?

The dark and contested art of pricing carbon emissions.

Links 2/13/19

Even Endowments Not Beating Vanguard….So What Good Are Those High Fee Private Equity and Hedge Funds?

Even endowments, the supposed best of best among diversified investors, are finding that their old alternative investment mojo isn’t working these days.