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Stop Going Green

Jan28 2010 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

The headline reads like a manifesto against where you think we should be focused now. What you say? Who is this madman espousing the opposition’s mandate. After all – climate change is a hoax. Well isn’t it? Thousands of scientists creating bogus data and trying to snow Al Gore. Who’s also trying to snow us? The Kyoto Accord (treaty) asked for voluntary reductions in GHG’s. There haven’t been any. Voluntary actions by governments don’t work. But read on there is merit and good reasoning in the following thought pattern. The future calls for bold actions not just making yourself feel good from buying a Prius, or recycling newspapers. Oh wait, yeah, there is no recycling market right now and those dutiful trash separators are outta work.

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Green Jobs on the Rise

Nov19 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

Throughout the economic recession unemployment rates have steadily increased and several companies are on the downward slope of completely disappearing from the market. Throughout bank failures, decreasing stock values, and drops in sales the green job sector has considerably increased, suggesting the industry’s sustainability. Pre-recession statistics conclude that the green job market was growing at a faster pace than traditional job markets.

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What is Green Economics?

Oct28 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

Economists are not ecologists and ecologists are not economists. The same can be said for policy makers. Neither economists nor policy makers have studied the principles of ecology, nor integrate these principals into their work. Can we expect economists and policy makers to keep the environment in mind when making decisions concerning business actions and legislation?

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Cost and Benefits of Environmental Action

Aug31 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

In most situations, businesses, individuals, and families weigh the costs and benefits associated with certain actions, projects, and investments, in order to choose the best possible solution. Hence, the name Cost-Benefit Analysis or CBA. This seems like a practical and logical way to make decisions, however when considering environmental action several issues arise.

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Environmental Kuznets Curve

Aug25 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

The controversial Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) theory states that as countries continue to grow economically and per capita income increases environmental degradation will peak and then decrease. Thus, giving the curve the “inverted u-shape”. As Leigh Raymond states in his paper “Reconsidering the Environmental Kuznets Curve”, “this would mean countries can ‘grow’ their way economically out of their environmental problems,” however there are several downsides in using economic growth as environmental policy.

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