Some Good, and Not So Good, Water Policy Discussions

Lynne Kiesling David Zetland, call your office! Here are a couple of thought-provoking water articles I’ve recently read: 1. Peter Gleick on water policy in Wired: 8 proposals, and not a single one says a single thing about improving price signals to discipline water use! How can he claim to have any kind of serious, … More Some Good, and Not So Good, Water Policy DiscussionsMore Some Good, and Not So Good, Water Policy Discussions

Green or Not?

Lynne Kiesling Which is greener using a life-cycle analysis: walking to my nearby standard supermarket and buying standardly-commercial produce and meat, or driving the 5.4 miles (10.8 miles round trip) to Green Grocer and buying organic, locally-sourced produce and meat? I suspect it’s the former. BUT (a) such a calculation ignores any quality differential between … More Green or Not?More Green or Not?

House Tweets to Monitor Energy Consumption

Lynne Kiesling I have been playing around with Twitter for the past few weeks, and it sure is intriguing. Most of my Twitter stream is BBC news updates and playlist updates for a couple of online radio sites that I frequent, but the one about which I’m most excited is andy_house, which is the Twitter … More House Tweets to Monitor Energy ConsumptionMore House Tweets to Monitor Energy Consumption

The Bailout As “Hayek’s Revenge”

Lynne Kiesling University of Illinois law professor Larry Ribstein calls the financial bailout “Hayek’s revenge”: Markets are bigger and more complex than any one set of regulators can comprehend, even Henry Paulson, … Thanks to CafĂ© Hayek for the link. … More The Bailout As “Hayek’s Revenge”

Solar Parking Lot Canopies

Lynne Kiesling This EcoGeek post addresses a pet topic of mine: if we are going to invest in renewable electricity generation technologies, we should start by coupling the energy-related benefits with other benefits, particularly at this point when renewables are not yet price-competitive. Solar parking lot canopies are a great example of this idea. I … More Solar Parking Lot CanopiesMore Solar Parking Lot Canopies

What’s Going on in Iceland?

Lynne Kiesling Iceland’s financial and banking industries are really in turmoil right now. Yesterday I heard good NPR story on what’s going on in Iceland that can give you a sense of what’s going on (although I agree with the commenter that Melissa Block characterizing Iceland as “a pretty backward country” was incorrect and inappropriate). … More What’s Going on in Iceland?More What’s Going on in Iceland?

Nick Gillespie on the Bailout Bonanza

Lynne Kiesling I am unlikely to say anything more here about our current financial situation, its causes, and the policy responses to it. I’ll give the likely-final word to Nick Gillespie at Reason: “For 30 years,” begins a New York Times story titled “Both Sides of the Aisle See More Regulation,” “the nation’s political system … More Nick Gillespie on the Bailout BonanzaMore Nick Gillespie on the Bailout Bonanza

Glassbooth and Your Voting Preferences

Lynne Kiesling This is the closest I’m gonna get to discussing politics at KP … Glassbooth is a pretty cool web application through which you take a budget of points, allocate them among a set of policy issues to rank which issues are most important to you, and then state your policy positions on questions … More Glassbooth and Your Voting PreferencesMore Glassbooth and Your Voting Preferences

Innovation in Complementary Goods: Hi-tech Gloves for Device-twiddling in Winter

Lynne Kiesling OK, this is seriously cool: Freehands gloves have thumb and index finger caps that flip back and are held in place with a magnet while you twiddle your device of choice. They come in fleece, stretch microfiber, and leather for your texting, listening, photographing, and emailing pleasure! And, in my case, knitting pleasure, … More Innovation in Complementary Goods: Hi-tech Gloves for Device-twiddling in WinterMore Innovation in Complementary Goods: Hi-tech Gloves for Device-twiddling in Winter

Driving Less, Biking More

Michael Giberson As mentioned earlier, since moving to Lubbock to teach at Texas Tech, I’ve been bike commuting. This is actually not much of a sacrifice most of the time; it is only about a mile from home to office, and the trip takes me only 10 minutes on the bike. One week I acquired … More Driving Less, Biking MoreMore Driving Less, Biking More