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 Discussions … More Some Good, and Not So Good, Water Policy Discussions
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?
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 Consumption … More House Tweets to Monitor Energy Consumption
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 Café Hayek for the link. … More The Bailout As “Hayek’s Revenge”
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 Canopies … More Solar Parking Lot Canopies
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?
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 Bonanza … More Nick Gillespie on the Bailout Bonanza
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 Preferences … More Glassbooth and Your Voting Preferences
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 Winter … More Innovation in Complementary Goods: Hi-tech Gloves for Device-twiddling in Winter
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 More … More Driving Less, Biking More