Economic Illiteracy Alert of the Day: Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack

Lynne Kiesling I know that pointing out the economic illiteracy of politicians is akin to shooting fish in a barrel, but I have an irrationally optimistic hope that shining a light on such illiteracy will help reduce it. Today’s economic illiterate is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who in an interview with Ezra Klein … More Economic Illiteracy Alert of the Day: Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack

Blog Recommendation: Jay Hancock

Lynne Kiesling A reading recommendation, especially for those of you in the mid-Atlantic interested in business and energy commentary: Jay Hancock’s blog at the Baltimore Sun. Jay has lots of trenchant insights into local and national business and economic events.

Water Footprint As the Next Big Thing

Lynne Kiesling Wednesday’s Christian Science Monitor had an interesting article about burgeoning water scarcity issues: Move over, carbon, the next shoe to drop in the popular awareness of eco-issues is the “water footprint.” That’s the word in environmental circles these days. Just as the image of a heavy carbon foot made it possible for the … More Water Footprint As the Next Big Thing

KP Convergence in Chicago

Lynne Kiesling For once, both erstwhile KP authors are in the same place! I’ve organized a research roundtable at the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University, and Mike’s in town to attend. The event’s called Energy, Technology, and Institutions, and you can read the working papers to be discussed if … More KP Convergence in Chicago

Tim Haab: Michael Moore is a Bad Economist

Lynne Kiesling Sorry, Tim, but that’s not really earth-shattering news, is it? Anyway, Tim’s post critiquing Michael Moore’s recommendations to the Obama administration as majority shareholder in GM is highly entertaining. A taste to whet your appetite, but please do read Tim’s foment in all its glory: And as the end days of oil approach … More Tim Haab: Michael Moore is a Bad Economist

Follow Kp on Twitter!

Lynne Kiesling Through the miracle that is TwitterFeed, you can now follow Knowledge Problem posts via the new KP Twitter feed. Yay!

Who Invented the Automobile?

Lynne Kiesling Lynne’s snark of the morning: If President Obama doesn’t know who invented the automobile, perhaps he should take my Western Economic History class this spring (hint: the inventor of the automobile was German). My spring class is already full and has a waiting list (which I find gratifying), but I’d make room for … More Who Invented the Automobile?


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Happy New Year!

Lynne Kiesling All of us at Knowledge Problem wish you a delightful and healthy 2009, and we thank you for being here.

“10 Big Energy Myths”

Lynne Kiesling Here’s an interesting list of “energy myths” from Chris Goodall at The Guardian. What I find useful about his discussion is not the “myth debunking” per se, but rather his comments on why he considers them myths. The “wind is unreliable” myth, for example: Actually, during some periods earlier this year the wind … More “10 Big Energy Myths”