Category Archives: Economics

Technology—Promise or Curse?

By David L. Brown Historian Niall Ferguson in an article published in The Daily Beast raises a question that’s long interested me. He asks, in effect, which vision of the future we should embrace: The idea that technology will make … Continue reading

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A Tragedy in the Making

By David L. Brown As drought and heat continue to destroy a significant portion of the US crop, a large tranche of corn continues to be mandated for use in ethanol production. The purpose of this is to enrich farmers … Continue reading

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California Stays the Course on Green Energy

By David L. Brown Another example of the way in which energy moguls work to block development of sustainable, clean energy was the recent introduction of Prop. 23 in California. This proposition, which came to a vote on November 2, … Continue reading

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My New Book

By David L. Brown I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book DEAD END PATH: How Industrial Agriculture Has Stolen Our Future. This work, in the form of an extended essay, is the result of a lifetime … Continue reading

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Famine Continues to Stalk the Earth

By David L. Brown We’ve talked here before about the fact that the world’s supply of basic foodstuffs is falling short with production barely able to meet demand. Now wheat prices are soaring due to drought in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan … Continue reading

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Oh How Far We Have Come!

By David L. Brown In 1965 Gordon E. Moore, a co-founder of Intel Corp., wrote a paper in which he predicted that computing power would continue to increase exponentially, that is, doubling again and again. Moore noted that since the … Continue reading

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A World Teetering on the Brink of Instability

By David L. Brown A news release from Earth Policy Institute this morning features a peek at the subject of global stability as reported in Lester Brown’s new book Plan B 4.0. This is a critical issue because nations that … Continue reading

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Already Doomed, New Dinosaur Goes to Sea

By David L. Brown If there is any segment of the wounded economic world that stands out as primed for failure, it may be the cruise ship industry. There are dozens of floating pleasure palaces plying the oceans these days, … Continue reading

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High Hopes for Copenhagen May Be Dashed

By David L. Brown Great hope is being placed on the upcoming conference on climate change, to take place December 7*-18 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting has the acronym COP15, which indicates it is the 15th “Conference of Parties” in … Continue reading

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The Power of Economic Incentives

By David L. Brown How do  we go about reducing carbon emissions to prevent climate change from spiraling into a global catastrophe? One obvious answer is to slow down the go-go industrial economies that pour CO2 into the atmosphere. Not … Continue reading

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