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Gun Control & the Belief in Small Numbers

July 22, 2012

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There’s a tweet circulating following the terrible events in Colorado this week. It’s been retweeted more than 17,000 times now: “In one year, GUNS murdered 35 in Australia, 39 in England and Wales, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada, and 9,484 in the United States….” This is exactly the type of fallacy drawn from the “Belief […]

Update: Berkeley City Council Climate Action Plan

May 4, 2009

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The vote originally scheduled for April 21 to enact the Berkeley Climate Action Plan has been pushed to Tuesday, May 5. Click here for a link to the new agenda item.

Berkeley City Council: Climate Action Plan

April 20, 2009

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Like all markets, the market for energy should be dependent on supply and demand.  However, the City of Berkeley (yes, that Berkeley in California…) is voting on Tuesday night on the continued implementation of their Climate Action Plan.  There are certain aspects to energy conservation make logical sense, but this top-down initiative typifies the municipal […]

The Stimulus Package & “Tragedy of the Commons”

April 14, 2009

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In reading recent articles reporting how  Illinois, Ohio, and California are seeking funding for infrastructure projects from the Federal Stimulus package, a basic concept in economic theory continually pops into mind.  It’s called the “Tragedy of the Commons.”  Garrett Hardin formalized this theory back in his 1968 article in Science magazine, and it’s a concept […]

California road projects – Los Angeles Times

April 14, 2009

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If you’ve ever driven along the California highway system, you know that tune-ups should be offered with every fill-up as the gas station.  The road conditions are poor and in disrepair.  The ongoing Bay Bridge retrofitting project was conceived over 30 years ago when it was first discovered that the bridge did not meet seismic […]

AP Newsbreak: Obama looks at climate engineering

April 8, 2009

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“One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays.” via AP Newsbreak: Obama looks at climate engineering. I always thought pollution was the reason for global warming.  Why don’t we just give tax credits to people who own SUVs and drive more than 10,000 miles per year? […]