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Links for October 20th through October 21st

by Mel Starrs on October 23, 2009

in News

These are my links for October 20th through October 21st:

  • Brand vs. Lovins On Nuclear Power | WBUR and NPR – On Point with Tom Ashbrook – Lovins argues against nuclear: "Nuclear is about the most expensive and slowest thing you can build. And I don’t think it’s true you need to build everything. You can’t afford to build everything. You need to choose the best buys for your goal, just as in assembling a financial portfolio you don’t stuff it full of one of everything on the market. You figure out the diversified set of assets that will best meet your investment objectives. If you buy something really expensive and risky, that actually makes your portfolio perform worse because you didn’t get to buy stuff that would have performed better".
  • Insolvency increase suggests recovery will start with a W – Leeds University Business School – Doom from my MBA alumni newsletter: "Ten months ago the message of the Monetary Policy Committee was that the recession would be short but sharp, a V shape. As economic statistics started to catch up with real events this view had to change and the V became a U the recession would be deep and more prolonged than originally anticipated. Our data suggest that the shape is likely to be a W. Company insolvencies translate into unemployment and the now rapid rise in unemployment in a stagnant economy puts further pressure on indebted and financially stressed households and further strain on the banks. This will potentially incubate another crisis in the economy by the late autumn, hence the double dip (W). It is difficult to envisage how a recovery will emanate from Britains debt-bloated economy. It wont come from consumer spending nor a housing boom. It might come from Britains culture of creativity, innovation, technology and enterprise…"
  • Climate change and energy: policy drivers – Very useful list of policy drivers for UK local authorities from IDEA (improvement and development agency)
  • http://www.elementalsolutions.co.uk Nick Grant

    Nice summary of what I think is a crucial point

    The opportunity cost argument that Amory makes so well passes most people by. The idea we have to try everything is strangely pervasive, for example at the RIBA debate on Zero Carbon the other week.

  • http://www.elementalsolutions.co.uk Nick Grant

    Nice summary of what I think is a crucial point

    The opportunity cost argument that Amory makes so well passes most people by. The idea we have to try everything is strangely pervasive, for example at the RIBA debate on Zero Carbon the other week.