"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" Bob Murphy - TT's Lost in Tokyo

WSJ: In DC at the Economic Club, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson again proposes a straight, rebated tax on carbon emissions (OR, climate policy gamesmanship & the importance of being earnest) by TokyoTom

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson has done it again*, by proposing in a speech on October 1 in Washington, D.C. that the U.S. shelve cap-and-trade legislative approaches to managing greenhouse gas emissions in favor of direct carbon taxes that are rebated to consumers...

Bob Murphy spins shallow "Blockbuster study" by coal lobby on cap and trade bill by TokyoTom

The coal- and utility-funded "free-market think tank" Institute of Energy Research has a just released another study that tells us the obvious about the regressive consequences of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill and the benefits likely...

Does responding to climate change risks REQUIRE government? by TokyoTom

A reader of Bob Murphy` s recent post on climate science - " TokyoTom Moving the Goalposts? " - queried my views on whether perceptions of climate change problems themselves justified a need to establish government. I copy below my response...

"TokyoTom Moving the Goalposts?" Bob Murphy dislikes my criticism of the rush by "skeptics" to print climate science news by TokyoTom

Further to my preceding post, on " Confirmation bias, rent-seeking and the rush to print the latest science "scoop (Linzen-Choi) ", I note that Bob Murphy has kindly put up a new blog post that notes and responds to my comments to him ...

Confirmation bias, rent-seeking and the rush to print the latest climate science "scoop" (Lindzen-Choi) by TokyoTom

Since I`m in Tokyo and deprived of Bob Murphy `s enviable access, via talk radio , to cutting-edge climate science, I thank him using his blog to bring it to the attention of his audience (which occasionally includes me). Says Bob (emphasis added): Chip...

Evolution, religion and our insistence on a still undefined "objective" moral order by TokyoTom

I refer to my previous posts on the interesting subject of whether there is an "objective moral order", which Gene Callahan broached in a May blog post , returned to in a subsequent post but abandoned, to be picked up but ultimately punted by...

More on self-deception, mirror positions and libertarian reticence on climate policy by TokyoTom

I copy below (with minor changes for clarity) a further comment I made on the piece by Bob Murphy ( "I'm Starting With the Man in the Mirror" ) to which I referred in my prior post . The comment on which I remarking is addressed by one commenter...

Fun with Self-Deception and Rent-Seeking: Bob Murphy's "Man in the Mirror" by TokyoTom

Robert Murphy , Austrian school economist and blogger , is in my book a remarkably thoughtful and insightful commentator on current economic issues, even as I find some of his arguments on climate policy and energy to be shallow . Bob`s balance and relatively...
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