Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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    Environmental Dilemmas

    Sep 8, 11 • 108 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic Debates, Environment, Government, Innovation, Labor, Macroeconomic Measurement, Regulation, Thinking Economically1 Comment

    The environment or employment? Smart meters: Environmentally superior, they automatically transmit data about electricity usage. As a result, we can better manage our demand for energy. The tradeoff? Even including smart meter R & D, IT services,...

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    Recycling Matters

    Aug 21, 11 • 111 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and Markets, Developing Economies, Environment, International Trade and FinanceNo Comments

    Coca-Cola has a recycling problem. Last year, it had hoped to process 100 million pounds of recycled PET (bottle grade) plastic in its Spartanburg, S.C. plant and is not even close. Here is why: Less supply of recycled plastic: It is tough to get enough PET...

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    Gas Prices

    Dec 11, 10 • 127 Views • Environment, Households, Macroeconomic MeasurementNo Comments

    Have you been paying more for gas? Looking at this map, you can see that gas prices around the country have been rising in most places. Economist James Hamilton suggests that the price of gas is directly connected to the GDP. Citing the BEA breakdown of...

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    The Locavore Challenge

    Aug 24, 10 • 103 Views • Environment, Households, Thinking Economically1 Comment

    Being a locavore is not always easy but it can feel very good. Those of us who are locavores believe that we are helping the planet by saving on transport costs and emissions, patronizing small businesses rather than distant impersonal corporate giants, and...

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    Wind Farms

    Aug 2, 10 • 99 Views • Businesses, Environment, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    What if peak wind for your wind farm equals peak demand? Good? Not necessarily. The key is timing. According to a NY Times article, certain wind installations have to “dump energy late at night…” because there is no demand for power at...