Sunday, October 2, 2011


Great post by my NC State colleague Richard Warr on energy economics.   Key point: although federal subsidies for wind, solar and other nontraditional forms of energy are well known, the popular press and the average person tends to forget how much carbon-based fuels are supported by federal policies.  Warr emphasizes the fact that carbon-based fuels impose significant amounts of pollution on the rest of society, costs that are not reflected in the price at the pump.  Other subsidies include government-build and maintained roads and highways (sorry, gasoline taxes do not fully pay the bill here) and military actions in the Middle East.  And guess what?  We cover externalities tomorrow night in MBA 505.  

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