Natalie Murphy Interesting piece. I'm all for alternative approaches to climate change but I'm having a hard time seeing how the EKC curve can apply to carbon. Have there been any carbon-specific studies of this issue? I've done quite a bit of legal research into potential climate change regulations and have found the problem with them is that it is next to impossible to determine the optimal levels of carbon. With the carbon tax, where do you set the tax to create the right incentives? Economists can model it all they want but in the end, they are really just guessing. That's why I like your free market approach, but it seems maybe a little too good to be true.
Natalie Murphy There are many other professional paths of course - I wrote about law and business school because those are the two schools I've been to & I know there are quite a few people who apply to both and choose between the two.
Natalie Murphy Lawrence, Cuba's health care system is grossly over-glorified. See the NYT: "“But even if I diagnosed something simple like bronchitis, I couldn’t write a prescription for antibiotics, because there were none." ..."for the 11 million ordinary Cubans, hospitals are often ill equipped and patients “have to bring their own food, soap, sheets... And up to 20,000 Cuban doctors may be working in Venezuela, creating a shortage in Cuba."
Natalie Murphy I like Huntsman the best, but at this point I don't think he has a shot. Aside from him, Romney is the most electable (even though I don't love him). I agree with Ron Paul on a lot though.
Natalie Murphy Great analogy. It is a talent business - people have no problem with pro-athletes getting paid astronomical salaries but they do have problems with companies compensating their CEO's who are making a much more meaningful contribution to society. I don' t get it.
Natalie Murphy Lawrence, I like your article and see your point. But to echo Gary above - which sources of energy are safe and sustainable in your opinion? And to follow up, if those sources don't provide nearly enough energy to meet our demands, what other options do you see? I am all for options that do the least environmental damage, but we have to be realists.
Natalie Murphy "So why do I approve of all this? Because the alternative — the immense cost in blood and treasure and reputation of the Bush administration’s war on terror — was so appalling. In just the same way, the results of a conventional bombing war against Iran would be appalling...Political choices often have to be made between two unappealing options. Obama has done just that. He has gone covert — and made the right call."
Natalie Murphy No I would not be okay with it. There is just more to the story you are not taking into consideration. Some people think we are in a "silent war" with Iran - this NYT Opinion highlights the difficult nuances of our relations with Iran and Obama's "Doctrine of Silence" - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/opinion/cohen-doctrine-of-silence.html
Natalie Murphy I did not say territorial sovereignty is not black and white (although almost nothing is black and white) - there is just more to the issue of this drone flying over Iran (and crashing there) than territorial sovereignty. If Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, we need to know everything we can about it. But I agree with Laura that there are major political risks to stirring things up.
Natalie Murphy I think it is great that Apple is taking action here. I would like to see more companies taking responsibility for what happens in their factories. Also, you mentioned that Terry Gou is disinterested in opening factories in America for fear of litigation expenses. The US tort/regulatory environment is much better than China's but it also discourages companies from expanding within its borders - there has to be some happier medium.
Natalie Murphy Great article. Cheers for Lieberman - “I don’t believe the potential in this act for creating jobs justifies adding another $500 billion to our almost $15 trillion national debt,” Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said. “In fact, I think the most important thing we can do to improve our economy, reduce unemployment, and create jobs is to bring our national debt under control.”
Natalie Murphy He could recover (stranger things have happened) but I think his campaign is over. He has been losing steam since his first few weeks and this just sent him over the edge. Clearly debating just isn't his thing and it was a very human moment. But voters know that in order to have a successful presidency and communicate effectively with foreign leaders, you need to be able to think on the spot. I loved the "oops" part - he is making SNL Weekend Update's job way too easy.