Category : Social Sciences

Carbon Pricing Response

Although a relatively new policy mechanism, carbon pricing has shown some very promising potential. It has been known for quite some time that certain industrial outputs can be harmful to the environment, both on a global and regional scale, but it has taken quite some time for economists to catch on and develop policy around curbing emissions. This being such a new utensil in the economic tool kit, governments should be extremely cautious in its implementation. Like any uncharted policy […]

Bitcoin and the question of competing currencies

There has long been a debate about the option of governments allowing concurrent, or competing, currencies. The reason for this debate stems from the theory that such concurrent currencies would, through the market pressures of competition, lead to a more sound money system and more stable currencies in the long run. This advocate view is held most strongly by Austrian Economist Friedrich Hayek. The general argument states that since currencies would be allowed to compete, just as any other good, […]

State Efficient and Clean Energy Incentives: Effect on Natural Gas Consumption

Over the past several years, U.S. governing bodies from the federal to the municipal level have imposed various financial incentives to promote the use of efficient and clean energy sources. These incentives range from tax breaks, special financing, and rebates to make these products the first option for consumers rather than a pricey alternative. Alternative energy sources and efficient equipment aren’t cheap and maintaining these programs isn’t either. Between 2005 and 2008, the state of California spent over 2 billion […]

Sea Snake Speech – Green Technologies Pelamis System

Sea Snake Speech The green movement – though faltering slightly due to the recent economic struggles – has been a go-to topic for reporters for some time now.  Most of the articles on the matter focus on the new Green Technologies that are going to end our oil addiction and stop global warming.  Being such a pertinent topic major media outlets often accommodate their reporting to be more appealing to broader audiences.  On March 2007, Jason Margolis reported on a […]

Did Piaget underestimate the preoperational child?

Piaget describes the two- to seven-year-old preoperational child as being able to perform representational thinking, in that the child is able to produce mental images of objects and use other symbols and signs to represent objects and experiences. For example, playing “pretend” is a favorite pastime of this age group. At my church’s children ministry, my young charges often like to pretend that a particular squeaky toy that happens to have a handle is “mommy’s suitcase,” thereby using one object […]

Premarital Counseling

Here’s the scenario: “You are a counselor who specializes in premarital counseling for couples. A couple, who are planning to get married, comes to see you. Both partners are in their late 20s. Neither of them has been married before, and they have been together for five years. He has a house that he has been paying on for 6 years. They will live in this house when they are married. He also owns his own car and a truck. […]