Category Archives: Essays and Opinion

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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Stuck on the Cycle of Energy Supply & Demand

By David L. Brown Oil prices are climbing once again, accompanied by gloating predictions by oil ministers of $250 per barrel prices in the not far off future. What are we to make of this? Well, as I have written … Continue reading

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Why Americans Want Their Big Cars

By David L. Brown Earlier today I posted a piece about the new CAFE standards. Although I raised some questions about the scale of the promised benefits and analyzed some of the reasons why it will not result in a … Continue reading

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Dying Dinosaurs on Life Support

By David L. Brown We all know that investments have been evaporating like dry ice on a July afternoon. The Dow Jones average has dropped by more than half since its peak about 18 months ago. That’s bad enough, but … Continue reading

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Resource Depletion at Heart of Economic Woes

By David L. Brown It continues to amaze me that as the world economy continues to spin down and around in the toilet bowl of history, absolutely nobody seems to be paying any attention to the very clear and simple … Continue reading

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Free Trade and Globalization: Utopian Dream

By David L. Brown Advocates of expanded free trade through elimination of tariffs and other economic barriers claim that more open trade would benefit people in developing nations. The failure of the ongoing Doha round of trade negotiations among exporting … Continue reading

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A Realist Looks at the Year Ahead

By David L. Brown Good morning everyone. If you woke up this morning (as I presume you did since you are reading this) you were probably surprised to learn that we have entered a New Year, Anno Domini 2009. I … Continue reading

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The Thin Gruel of Anti-Climate Change Logic

By David L. Brown The anti-climate change morons are hitting hard on the idea that the average global temperature hasn’t gone through the roof. They manage to ignore melting sea ice in the Arctic, thawing tundra, and many other signs … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal Not Involving Irish Children*

By David L. Brown I see from the news that on Tuesday the Federal Reserve is expected to lower interest rates to near zero. Here’s an excerpt from the Reuters story tonight: WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2008 (Reuters) — The U.S. … Continue reading

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Riding the Petroleum See-Saw

By David L. Brown This is a followup to my recent essay “An Embarrassment of Oxymorons,” in which I made the point that going forward petroleum would either be priced higher, or would not be available at all. I explained … Continue reading

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