Open thread

I’ve been trying to get a bunch of projects completed by year’s end, so have been posting rather more slowly than usual. I apologise for this, and offer by way of recompense an open thread, to do with as you will.

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8 Responses to Open thread

  1. Kevin Cox says:

    I recently listened and read the speech by Prof Garnaut on his thinking about the climate report he is preparing for release in mid 2008. I was heartened by the speech because I think he really understands the problem. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend you take a look http://www.henrythornton.com/article.asp?article_id=4937

    Garnaut recognises that the problem is a trading problem where the money part of the trade is not the main issue but it is the “fairness” part of trading that is at issue. That is when we trade one with the other then we have to agree on value (the money) and whether it is “fair” before we will make the trade. It is hard to make the reduction in global emissions “fair”

    As some may know we have been working on a scheme for removing the need for water restrictions by creating a market in water infrastructure and we are working on a way to improve the operation of energy rebates through a similar Energy Rewards idea. One way of viewing it is an attempt to make paying for water or reducing energy consumption “fair”.

    We are going to put a submission to the Garnaut group and it would help if it was subject to criticism by the formidable intellect of Andrew’s readers. The ideas are derived from the Rewards idea but applied to countries rather than individuals.

    Our draft is at

    http://cscoxk.wordpress.com/2007/12/14/reducing-australia%e2%80%99s-greenhouse-gas-e/

  2. Gavin Findlay says:

    So US sub-prime losses could reach $500billion eh? Imagine how much clean energy research could have been achieved by that amount of R&D and capital investment. Commit to targets NOW and stop complaining.

  3. Patrick says:

    Q: Imagine how much clean energy research could have been achieved by that amount of R&D and capital investment.

    A: Uh, a non-sequitur?

  4. Gavin Findlay says:

    Oops 🙂

  5. I choose to use this thread to shameless plug one of my posts in the hope that one day I will have enough readers to post an open thread.

    Canada’s stupidest columnist confronted by Canada’s stupidest university students

  6. Sinclair Davidson says:

    All those betting market sceptics should be retracting soon. The ALP currently are on 82 seats. The AEC has three doubtful seats – two should go Liberal and one ALP. So as predicted by the betting market the ALP should end up on 83.

  7. Vee says:

    I recently had the opportunity to buy Imagining Australia for $15 at Dymocks, I vacillated over the decision for a while before deciding against it. This was because the areas of interest that I had in the book, I figured I could find on your blog and at the very least it had a handy search feature.

    In more recent events, I am wondering if the US SubPrime Bust will affect Australian Housing Affordability in any way?

  8. Andrew Leigh says:

    Vee – definitely a mistake. IA is much broader than the topics I blog about these days. Go back and get it before someone else snatches it up!

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