Cash Clunker

At the University of California Energy Institute, Christopher R. Knittel (an associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Economics) has issued a revealing 13-page paper on The Implied Cost of Carbon Dioxide Under the Cash for Clunkers Program. In a nutshell, the analysis suggests that costs per ton of carbon removal exceed $200 – and may even approach $500. Even the minimum figure is more than 10 times the current cost of carbon credits in Europe, indicating that Cash for Clunkers is a grotesquely expensive way to achieve greenhouse gas removal. For a brief discussion of the paper see this article in Science Daily.

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Published in: on August 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm  Comments (1)  

On Second Thought: Banning Harry Potter

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

Writing in the Religion section of a recent issue of the Boston Globe, Michael Paulson addresses the controversies surrounding J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of books, and avers “how the boy wizard won over religious critics – and the deeper meaning theologians now see in his tale”. It’s a theme not unfamiliar to those who have observed the censuring, censoring and banning of other books.

This year Banned Books Week will run from September 26th to October 3rd. (We’ll soon have more announcements about events and programs at the Haysville Community Library during Banned Books Week.)

Want to learn more about Banned and Challenged Books? Visit the website of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, or their Frequently Challenged Books page. For a listing of recently challenged or banned books, including those of the Harry Potter series, see Books Challenged & Banned in 2008-2009 and Books Challenged or Banned in 2007-2008.

Published in: on August 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment