Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    A Pollution Tale With 2 Happy Endings

    Aug 10, 12 • 291 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes green incentives can have unintended consequences. Our story begins in an airport. About to board a flight, an environmentally concerned individual purchases “carbon offsets.”  Yes, that flight will pollute the air but the offset could...  [read more]

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    A Trademark Sandwich

    Jul 9, 12 • 305 Views • No Comments

    Combine either corned beef, pastrami, turkey or salami with 2 large latkes (potato pancakes) and you have a $24.95 lunch that Manhattan’s 2nd Avenue Deli calls its Instant Heart Attack Sandwich. Because the Heart Attack Grill of Las Vegas threatened a...  [read more]

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    Tomatoes, Health Care and Unintended Consequences

    Jun 30, 12 • 171 Views • No Comments

    Trying to make pretty tomatoes, plant breeders inadvertently created a tasteless fruit. It all started 70 years ago with a gene mutation that evenly ripened tomatoes. Seeing the commercial potential of uniformly colored bright red tomatoes, growers bred the...  [read more]

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    Opposing Austerity

    Apr 12, 12 • 352 Views • No Comments

    Thinking about our fiscal woes, I keep returning to the fallacy of composition. Here it is: When one farmer harvests a huge crop and sells it, her profits soar. But if every farmer grows more and sells more, then the price drops. Similarly, if one person...  [read more]

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    Government Guidelines and Unintended Consequences

    Apr 4, 12 • 310 Views • 2 Comments

    Sometimes government guidelines can have unintended consequences. Government travel guidelines: At a networking reception, the General Services Administration spent $1900 on 400 “petit beef Wellington” snacks and $2000 on 400 “mini Monte...  [read more]