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Green economics loosely defines a theory of economics by which an economy is considered to be component of the ecosystem in which it resides.
The green economists share broader ecological and social concerns, including a distrust of capitalism itself, that lie outside the mainstream concerns of the neoclassical subfields environmental economics, resource economics, and sustainable development.
Most political Greens reject such an analysis as hopelessly unsustainable given modern terrorism and asymmetric warfare, but what seems to characterize green economists as a class is a willingness to work with such outrageous commodifying assumptions.
www.globalcpr.com /green.html   (2305 words)

 Green economics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Green Economics is critical about certain aspects of the banking sector and its behavior but is strictly different in its approach from any 'social credit' type of monetary reform that is based on a misconception about how the monetary system works.
Green economists struggle to understand why humans set the value of such commodities as gold higher than that of nature, (see diamond-water paradox) and why humans habitually reward social and sexual fitness (i.e.
In neurological terms, green is coming from the frontal cortex; grey is stemming from the limbic lobe or the amygdala.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Green_economists   (3007 words)

 Green Health
Green economics on the other hand demands that these costs are internalised into the product or process by applying a financial value to represent the ecological or social costs of the damage done.
Since green taxes are often applied for a set purpose, it is appropriate that they should, insofar as is practical, be applied to remedy the problem that they were applied for in the first place.
Green economics gradually changes this discount rate to reflect costs to future generations of present activities, which is another incentive to develop sustainability.
www.greenhealth.org.uk /GreenEconLonger.htm   (5806 words)

 Presidio: WSJ article on China's State EPA effort to institute a Green GDP
The so-called green gross-domestic-product figures are part of a long-term Chinese government project aimed at quantifying the economic impact of pollution, and may mark a shift in strategy for a regime that has promoted unbridled growth as the key to social stability.
Green GDP is one part of the budding field of environmental economics, which aims to apply rigorous business-accounting methods to environmental problems.
The concept of green GDP and how to calculate it is a hotly debated topic in economic circles, and even some environmental economists find it of limited value.
presidiomba.org /moodle/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=13417   (1108 words)

 Slate - Dismal Scientist - April 17, 1997
artly this is just because of who economists are: Being by definition well-educated and, for the most part, pretty well-off, they have the usual prejudices of their class--and most upper-middle-class Americans are sentimental about the environment, as long as protecting it does not impinge on their lifestyle.
Everyone knows that economists are people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing, who think that anything that increases gross domestic product is good and anything else is worthless, and who believe that whatever free markets do must be right.
True, economists generally believe that a system of free markets is a pretty efficient way to run an economy, as long as the prices are right--as long, in particular, as people pay the true social cost of their actions.
web.mit.edu /krugman/www/green.html   (1657 words)

 Public bad
A public bad, in green economics, is the opposite of a public good.
A public golf course, for instance, could be seen as a public good insofar as it provides recreation to those who might not otherwise get it.
Most green economists advise measuring such impacts back to the present from the seventh generation.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/pu/Public_bad.html   (76 words)

 Global Greens -
Further, while Green parties were the first political parties to build their party platforms on an explicitly environmental plank, and the environmental dimension is certainly fundamental to them, the environmental plank is only one of four foundational principles common to Green parties.
Green parties can not derive their politics and policies from a ‘Nature’ which is in itself a politically charged concept, not an eternal verity.
The study of Green party politics to date, therefore, has been largely confined within the conventional boundaries and concepts of the discipline of political science, where the nation-state is taken as the prime organising structure for politics, and parties are studied chiefly as actors within that structure.
www.globalgreens.info /literature/dann/chapterone.html   (12964 words)

 Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis - The Region - Interview with Edward Green - December 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
While many economists seek to accurately portray the world as it is, complete with imperfections, and others describe an ideally efficient economy, Green's research presumes that the world and its institutions do, in fact, operate with rough efficiency—otherwise, participants would have worked out a better way.
Green: What Dick Todd and I were urging in the article is that the Fed evolve to the place where the central banks of most other industrialized countries already are.
Green: I'm glad you ask about this—of all the research that I've done, this is what I'd most like people to read [see “On the Emergence of Parliamentary Government” in the Winter 1993 Quarterly Review].
woodrow.mpls.frb.fed.us /pubs/region/05-12/green.cfm   (8008 words)

 Green Party - Real Progress   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Green economists show Gordon Brown how to "budget for the future", as they launch their Green alternative budget proposals today.
Top Green economist, Dr Molly Scott Cato, comments: "Between its support for the war in Iraq and its wrong-headed economic and transport policies, this Government has jeopardised the future of global security, the environment, the global economy, and has even jeopardised the well-being of our elderly citizens."
The Greens' "Budget to Protect to our Futures" outlines economic measures to improve four areas; Planet, peace, pensions, and poverty prevention.
www.greenparty.org.uk /news/1873   (417 words)

 The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition
These are the "green economists," or environmental economists, who use economic arguments and systems to persuade companies to clean up pollution and to help conserve natural areas.
You'll find environmental economists on the payrolls of government agencies (the Environmental Protection Agency had about 164 in 2004) and groups like the Wilderness Society, a conservation group, which has four of them to work on projects such as assessing the economic impact of building off-road driving trails.
As state and federal governments face pressure to cut spending, officials are weighing environmental measures against other priorities such as welfare and health care, and environmentalists are realizing that their policies have to be cost-effective to be feasible.
www.wsjclassroomedition.com /archive/05nov/econ_green.htm   (782 words)

 Career Journal: Green groups see potent tool in economics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
These are the "green economists," more formally known as environmental economists, who use economic arguments and systems to persuade companies to clean up pollution and to help conserve natural areas.
Environmental economists are on the payroll of government agencies (the Environmental Protection Agency had about 164 on staff in 2004, up 36 percent from 1995) and groups like the Wilderness Society, a Washington-based conservation group, which has four of them to work on projects such as assessing the economic impact of building off-road driving trails.
As state and federal governments face pressure to rein in spending, officials are weighing environmental measures against other priorities such as welfare and health care, and environmentalists are realizing that their policies have to be cost-effective to be feasible.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/05235/558541.stm   (866 words)

 the greener side : green money
Like I promised, I did go to Green Saturday at CES (but only after staggering halfway back to the hotel twice before committing); it’s just taken me a while to get over the flu to tell you about it.
Green Saturday "will focus on the consumer electronics industry's efforts in ecodesign, recycling and reuse." A panel on electronic waste a day earlier will feature speakers from the EPA, Sony, Best Buy, and Scientific American.
Green fuel isn't a sure thing for Rainbow, but Mission District-dwellers who drive 1980s-era diesel Mercedes would readily fill up their shopping carts and their cars there.
greenerside.typepad.com /my_weblog/green_money/index.html   (5874 words)

 Saving the planet: imperialism in a green garb?.
Economists and environmentalists in developing nations argue that the agenda for environmental negotiations is almost exclusively driven by the North.
Deepak Lal, professor of international development studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, cites these examples when he describes the green movement as “the new secular religion.” He says “green imperialists” are a new avatar of the “white man’s burden,” set to impose their values on the world.
Indian economist and newspaper editor Swaminathan S. Aiyar argues that there is “much to be learnt from the rest of the world.” Like British colonial rule, which brought with it some desirable elements like democracy, civil and gender rights to India, the new crusaders could impart useful technologies, he writes in the Times of India.
www.unesco.org /courier/2001_04/uk/planet.htm   (1218 words)

 The Green Party of Virginia - Winter 2002 Newsletter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
First, the theory of economic growth touted by mainstream or "neoclassical" economists is replaced by a theory of economic growth founded upon ecological principles.
The new field of ecological economics has the potential to overcome neoclassical economics because it is consistent with the natural sciences and with the common sense of students and citizens.
The social component of the steady state revolution occurs as the historical emulation of conspicuous consumers is replaced with an equally powerful castigation of such consumers.
www.greens.org /va/newsletters/nl28winter02i.html   (476 words)

 Means of production   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Karl Marx focused on labor questions: He considered it exploitative to treat labor as just another in production and in his analysis he the word "means" apparently to emphasize that actually acquires and applies the instructions and and directly uses the tools and infrastructure as the " proletariat ".
There are parallels in analysis by modern feminist economists notably Marilyn Waring who argues that women's work has systematically devalued and undervalued while education and sufficient to use the "means" deemed most by society have traditionally gone to men.
Some green economists notably Brian Milani analogize Marx's treatment labor to natural capital accepting Marx's view that land is a means but not a factor of production.
www.freeglossary.com /Means_of_production   (983 words)

 Environmental and Urban Economics: September 2005
Economists are always interested in cases when competition leads to a "race to the top".
The economists Phil Graham and Richard Armey seem to be in the minority.
People are more likely to buy the green product if they think it has a direct impact on their well being (i.e eating organic veggies) or if they gain a "warm glow" from showing off their green furniture to their friends.
greeneconomics.blogspot.com /2005_09_01_greeneconomics_archive.html   (13035 words)

 Green Car Congress: Economists and Engineers: Bridging the Communications Gap on Peak Oil
I for one would like to see better communication between economists, geologists, and petroleum engineers about the timing and consequences of the eventual decline in global annual production rates of crude petroleum.
This is a strong and useful post on the topic, and has generated rich discussion in the comment section.
The many interesting and thoughtful responses to my invitation for more open communication between economists and others about peak oil has led me to a clearer understanding of exactly what it is we're seeing differently.
www.greencarcongress.com /2005/07/economists_and_.html   (791 words)

 ET 5/99: Capitalism Goes Green?
Green economists advocate a "tax shift" an overall restructuring of the tax code so that it becomes more costly to harm the environment, less costly to generate income.
One eco-economic tool particularly beloved of industry and of many green economists, too, at least in theory is emissions trading.
As politically difficult as it may be to carry out the "factor four" efficiency recommendations of the energy experts, ecological economists such as Herman Daly believe our use of resources must be reduced by a factor of ten if we are to ward off catastrophic global warming.
www.sdearthtimes.com /et0599/et0599s3.html   (3060 words)

 Environmental Economics: More green vs green   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Environmental Economics blog is dedicated to the dissemination of economists’ views on current environmental and natural resource issues.
I'm not an economist nor am I a genius, but what you state is so glaringly obvious I don't understand why the vast majority of Americans don't get it.
The evergreen trees of the Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont could soon be dwarfed by 370-foot-tall wind turbines.
www.env-econ.net /2005/08/more_green_vs_g.html   (746 words)

 Green Building Materials
Green manufacturing must ultimately move toward the production and use of benign materials that can be “globally recycled”—that is, able at their end to be composted or reunited with nature in some way that makes them a potentially new resource (Berge, 2000).
Although funding for the development of green building materials databases were also cut, it is likely that plans to combine green consumer information on building materials with community inspection programmes will be realized in the future.
Green initiatives have to begin everywhere, but the realms of consumption and prosumption may be the place where radical initiatives have the greatest space for movement.
www.greeneconomics.net /BuildMatEssay.html   (9795 words)

 The Greening of China   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A China that continues to spew tons of coal smoke into the air, tear up the landscape for dams and minerals, and push the adoption of the automobile as a “pillar industry” is a China that could drive the world past the environmental tipping point, regardless of the efforts of the rest of the planet.
The first, as shown in this Economist article from late October, is that figuring out precise numbers for the costs of resource waste and pollution is tricky, and prone to manipulation and fraud.
We’ve seen multiple large-scale examples of economic actors and regions adopting stricter green regulations and becoming richer because of it; the “going green kills your economy” argument is a decreasingly-legitimate scare tactic.
ieet.org /index.php/IEET/more/190   (1035 words)

 Jean-Jacques Laffont; economist; 57 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jean-Jacques Laffont, an economist known for developing mathematical models to estimate what something is worth in situations of deep uncertainty, died May 1 in Toulouse, France.
He particularly focused on what is known as the "free rider problem," referring to those who benefit from a particular action or policy but escape having to pay for it.
Although Dr. Laffont's models were abstruse enough to satisfy the most theoretical economists, Green said they were adapted for practical purposes by companies, as well as by television for scheduling programs.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20040515/news_1m15laffont.html   (804 words)

 Ecology movement Summary
Great Britain and Europe saw the rise of "green" political parties concerned with conservation vigorously opposed by right-winged industrialists, whom the environmentalists saw as destroying nature.
Although Green parties have roots in the ecology movement, they are a separate movement.
Political Greens have social justice concerns which go beyond ecology.
www.bookrags.com /Ecology_movement   (2420 words)

 green economists ask big questions « SusHI | Sustainability in Hawai`i
Matthew Kahn, whose new book “Green Cities” is now available, has an interesting list of the “big questions” in environmental economics.
He got to thinking about this issue after keynoting a fascinating green economics conference at Vail (which I would have attended…but for the carbon offsets).
What’s fascinating for me is that we’re now starting to get answers to many of the questions green economists have been asking for years.
kauaian.net /blog/?p=14   (804 words)

 Environmental Economics: Our "green" blog
I reckon people think this blog is so green because a lot of results tend to favour the greens.
This is because environmental economics is a relatively new science, constantly combatting the old allocations of resources which were based on a different paradigm of decision making.
My experience has been that the economists tend to label me an environmentalist while the environmentalists tend to label me a capitalist.
www.env-econ.net /2006/10/our_green_blog.html   (877 words)

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