"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Fairy Tale

I don't always like what Joe Romm says or the way he says it, nor do I support an abrupt end to offshore oil exploration in the Gulf, but his article about BP and Obama is elegantly written, on target, and angry about just the right things.

+1

2 comments:

Hank Roberts said...

Useful for comparison/conservation as any oil we don't get from US sources gets bought elsewhere: http://www.metafilter.com/92375/One-of-the-worst-oil-spills-in-history-youve-never-heard-of-just-happened

EliRabett said...

agree with is better than like