Archive for October, 2007

Climate bill followup: Sander’s bill better? Jury still out.

Posted by on October 8th, 2007


I’m in the process of playing catch-up with the climate legislation moving (or stalling, as the case may be) around Congress. I think I might have been wrong to identify Lieberman’s S.280 as the leading climate bill in the Senate. Turns out Bernie Sanders’ alternative bill, S.309, has close to twice as many co-sponsors (19) vs. Lieberman’s 11–including Senators Clinton, Obama, Dodd, and Biden, a clean-sweep of the Senate’s presidential hopefuls. Oh wait–politics sure is [...] read more >

Valuing the intellectual commons

Posted by on October 6th, 2007


Ubuntu is a popular distribution of the Free/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS) GNU/Linux computer system.
Using the COCOMO model to estimate the cost of producing computer code of specified length and complexity, a linux enthusiast estimated the actual cost to produce the software in the Ubuntu repositories. The Ubuntu software repository contains over 121 million lines of code, and the estimated cost to produce it is over 7 billion dollars.
Is this a lot?
On the [...] read more >

Lieberman climate bill: “worse than nothing”

Posted by on October 5th, 2007


The other night I attended a presentation by Peter Barnes at Vermont Law School. He was talking about different possible policies Congress might pursue to address global warming. Barnes is a persuasive advocate for a specific form of cap-and-trade on greenhouse gases, wherein the limited permits for emitting greenhouse gases are auctioned off and the revenue that comes in from the auction is then distributed on an equal per-person basis to everyone in the country. [...] read more >

“On being black and green” –anticipating unforseen consequences

Posted by on October 5th, 2007


Marcellus Andrews is guest blogging at On the Commons and has a nice essay on how the world looks to an economist who’s “black and green”–an African American with a passion for the environment. “Somewhere along the way, I became a bit green in my views on economic life and policy, though my ‘greenness’ has a distinctly black undertone.”
Further down in his essay, Andrews raising the question of how unequal racial power might force its [...] read more >

Social Security in the presidential debates

Posted by on October 1st, 2007


I didn’t see the Dartmouth College debate myself, but the local paper has an editorial pointing out that Tim Russert pressed the Democratic candidates on “what to do about the pending crisis” of Social Security at the debate in Hanover, NH, the other day. This makes for a good time to remind readers that the crisis is not nearly so cut and dry as it is generally portrayed. See these Econ-Atrocities from March 2005:
Bush’s [...] read more >