Daily Archives: 04/07/2011

You Take the Risks, We’ll Take the Watts


Germany’s moratorium on nuclear power has not necessarily reduced Germany’s reliance on nuclear power by as much as one might think. From Der Spiegel:

Germany has been importing nuclear power from France and the Czech Republic since it switched off its seven oldest nuclear power stations last month in the wake of the Fukushima accident, power company RWE said on Monday.
A spokesman for RWE confirmed a report in Bild newspaper that Germany had become a net importer of power since March 16. Previously, Germany had been a net electricity exporter because of its rising output of power from renewable energy sources.
RWE said the country’s power imports from France and Czech have been amounting up to 3,000 megawatts and up to 2,000 megawatts respectively. Three quarters of France’s power supply comes from nuclear energy while the Czech Republic relies on reactors for 34 percent of its energy needs.
Hildegard Müller, head of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries also said on Monday that power imports were up. "Since March 17, there has been an increase in imports. Flows from France and the Czech Republic have doubled," she said.


You Take the Risks, We’ll Take the Watts
noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.)
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:26:00 GMT


John Boehner: I like the president personally. We get along well. But the president isn’t leading.

This seems correct to me.

"He didn’t lead on last year’s budget, and he clearly isn’t leading on this year’s budget."
Said House Speaker John Boehner today. Later, he met with the President and Harry Reid at the White House, and, per Boehner, "We made some progress… But I want to reiterate there’s no agreement."
NYT link.)

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"I like the president personally. We get along well. But the president isn’t leading."
annalthouse@gmail.com (Ann Althouse)
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 03:02:16 GMT

On the budget my sense is as a liberal Democrat, President Obama had a great opportunity to address remedying our fiscal issues.  He would have had greater credibility with the strongest opponents of cutting entitlement spending than any Republican.  That could have been his legacy.

In addition he could have kept the GOP from taking initiative on this important issue.  When he formed the Simpson-Bowles commission, I thought/hoped he would do that.

Instead, he’s again let the congress lead.  This seems to be his MO.  On healthcare, perhaps his best achievement he mostly reacted to congress.  The stimulus was basically the same story.

On civil liberty he’s seems to have adopted the Bush administration’s techiques almost fully now.  On Libya he acted unilaterally, and looked somewhat decisive.  But this may turn into another quagmire.

I’m discouraged.

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Most Livable Cities


The Economist magazine recently came out with its 2011 ranking of the World’s most `livable cities’. Not a single US city makes the top 10. Calgary in Canada is number five, Helsinki is number 6 etc. What is surprising is the approach adopted by the writers at the Economist. Identify a list of appealing attributes, rate the cities on each of them and then aggregate the ratings. Very Soviet. Why not ask people where they would rather live? I would be surprised if Calgary made it to the top ten. Now that I think about it, I wish the Economist would put nose to grindstone and do something really useful. Estimate the economic inefficiency caused by the fact that most people are forced to work in the countries of their birth. The magazine is keen on free trade in oranges and cotton, why not people? Open borders, full mobility. Hmmm, when next Mr. Obama meets the Indian PM, instead of complaining about outsourcing stealing American jobs, he should be pressing the Indian government to allow American’s to follow those jobs to India. In addition he should be railing against the impediments the government of India places on the outsourcing of higher education to the US. Why stop with India? Why not…………

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Thu, 24 Feb 2011 19:33:43 GMT

The Rising Risk of Antibiotic Resistance

Donald Marron

via The Rising Risk of Antibiotic Resistance.

Speculation on Inequality

Forgive me some speculation.

One reason that I have heard cited as a source of rising inequality is that there is more concentration of earning power in household with two working professionals. In other words inequality has increased as household breakdown in those with two working high income professionals and single parent homes or others who earn less.

It seems to me there’s more stratification now in many ways like this. As the professional class has grown I think it has become more insular. Professional marry other professionals and rarely associate with bluecollar people. Perhaps it accounts for the greater polarization on political and cultural value as well.

I have nothing like hard data to support this. Mostly I just have a sense of professionals as somewhat insular, and their large number today makes this more possible than when maybe you were the only lawyer in a small town as opposed to one of many in a large urban area.