Economics

Brightening Our Corner Newsletter - March 2022

Quarterly Newsletter of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has published it's quarterly newsletter with the latest news from its partners and grantees including The Ray, Drawdown Georgia, The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and The Biomimicry Institute.

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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has published it's quarterly newsletter with the latest news from its partners and grantees including The Ray, Drawdown Georgia, The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and The Biomimicry Institute.

Ecocentricity Blog - Down With The Economic Man: Thoughts on the Shortcomings of Our Economic Paradigm

By: John A. Lanier
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So many of the assumptions within economics are rooted in the idea that people are, first and foremost, self-interested. This mindset may have served well to explain how our economic systems are, but it can prevent us from imagining how they should be. To solve our most challenging environmental and social problems, we need economic thinking that sees people as more than merely self-interested.

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So many of the assumptions within economics are rooted in the idea that people are, first and foremost, self-interested. This mindset may have served well to explain how our economic systems are, but it can prevent us from imagining how they should be. To solve our most challenging environmental and social problems, we need economic thinking that sees people as more than merely self-interested.

The Economics Of Coal Burning Simply Do Not Pencil Out

That’s Good News for Communities, the Environment, and the Climate
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In 2000, the electric power industry in America generated 3,802 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, with 1,966 billion of them coming from coal (that’s 51.7% of the total). In 2020, the numbers were 4,007 billion kWh of total American electricity with 773 billion of them coming from coal (19.3%). That’s a massive reduction both in gross terms and in grid mix percentage.

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In 2000, the electric power industry in America generated 3,802 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, with 1,966 billion of them coming from coal (that’s 51.7% of the total). In 2020, the numbers were 4,007 billion kWh of total American electricity with 773 billion of them coming from coal (19.3%). That’s a massive reduction both in gross terms and in grid mix percentage.

The Economics Of Coal Burning Simply Do Not Pencil Out

That’s Good News for Communities, the Environment, and the Climate
Summary: 

In 2000, the electric power industry in America generated 3,802 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, with 1,966 billion of them coming from coal (that’s 51.7% of the total). In 2020, the numbers were 4,007 billion kWh of total American electricity with 773 billion of them coming from coal (19.3%). That’s a massive reduction both in gross terms and in grid mix percentage.

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In 2000, the electric power industry in America generated 3,802 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, with 1,966 billion of them coming from coal (that’s 51.7% of the total). In 2020, the numbers were 4,007 billion kWh of total American electricity with 773 billion of them coming from coal (19.3%). That’s a massive reduction both in gross terms and in grid mix percentage.

Ecocentricity Blog: Calling All Generalists

By: John A. Lanier
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I’ve come to realize just how multidisciplinary sustainability is, and to actually solve our environmental challenges, we need to become generalists.

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I’ve come to realize just how multidisciplinary sustainability is, and to actually solve our environmental challenges, we need to become generalists.

The Love of Money

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by Doug Lynam of Longview Asset Management and author of 'From Monk to Money Manager 

Pathways to a Lower-Carbon Future: C2ES Collaborates With Duke Energy and 20+ Companies on New Report

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The nonpartisan Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) issued a report this week exploring the various paths to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2050. Duke Energy joined more than 20 other companies representing many sectors that helped develop the scenarios evaluated in the report.

Shutdown’s Economic Impact Is a Forceful Reminder of Why Government Matters

By Andrew J. Hoffman and Ellen Hughes-Cromwick for The Conversation
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As the United States endures the longest shutdown in its history, Americans are getting a taste of life without government.

The absence of some services are clearly visible, such as a buildup of trash at national parks or longer lines at airport security checkpoints. Others, like those felt primarily by businesses, are less noticeable but arguably more important, such as an inability to get a small business loan or limited service from the IRS, Securities and Exchange Commission and other key agencies.

Business Leaders Make Their Predictions for 2019

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What will happen in 2019 at the intersection of business and society? As our team in the Business & Society Program looked ahead to the new year, we realized the best answers lie in our network of business leaders and academics. From Artificial Intelligence to worker voice to lifelong learning, these diverse predictions impart a powerful sense of possibility, even in facing some of the world’s toughest challenges in the new year.

Nobel Award Recognizes How Economic Forces Can Fight Climate Change – Andy Hoffman in the Conversation

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Co-authored by Andy Hoffman and 

Yale economist William Nordhaus has devoted his life’s work to understanding the costs of climate change and advocating the use of a carbon tax to curb global warming.

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