public opinion and the environment

Public Opinion on Environment and Energy

Gallup has issued the results of a very interesting poll about environment and energy. Here are their findings: There’s surprisingly broad support for more vigorous environmental enforcement and more clean energy, including about half of Republicans.  The reason for the partisan gap is that there’s such strong support among Democrats, not so much that all …


Ozone: Three More Comments

1)  Ann argues persuasively that Obama’s decision was terrible politics.  But it is also terrible economics.  As the Shrill One pointed out the other day, we are currently in a liquidity trap, i.e.  there is not enough demand in the economy to pull us out of the recession, and a lot of money is simply …


Isn’t Obama’s Capitulation on Ozone Bad Politics?

Numerous commentators have blasted Obama  for abandoning  his pledge to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone despite the recommendation of a scientific advisory board  that a new standard would deliver large public health benefits.  The commentary has been loud and vociferous. For two compelling examples see Georgetown Law Professor Lisa Heinzerling’s post …