News roundup

There’s lots of talk about ch-ch-changes going on:

“Going Green At Home” Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio

Steve Roberts sits in for Diane Rehm and talks about how individuals are changing their consumption habits, not just because they feel groovy and crunchy, but because it makes economic sense. As Seth Bauer of Cooler Inc. says “We’ve been living in the frat party years of human consumption.” That model, he says, is unsustainable.

To listen to the podcast, go here: Going Green At Home. Scroll down and you can download the segment.

“G.D.P. R.I.P.” Eric Zencey, The New York Times

The GDP is the most widely cited measure of economic well-being. But it’s also deeply flawed, writes Eric Zencey, who argues that we need a new way to assess national welfare.

If there is one upshot to the economic crisis, it’s this: We’ve entered an era of creative construction that could send us looking for alternate ways to measure prosperity. (Ever wonder why we use economic output, not social benefit, to calculate how we’re doing as a country? This op-ed will interest you.)

Essentially we’ve been praying to a measurement that rises when we spend money but doesn’t budge when we don’t. But spending money isn’t always the most efficient or beneficial way to get something done.  Case in point: “If you let the sun dry your clothes, the service is free and doesn’t show up in our domestic product; if you throw your laundry in the dryer, you burn fossil fuel, increase your carbon footprint, make the economy more unsustainable — and give G.D.P. a bit of a bump.”

Interested? Read here: G.D.P R.I.P.

Julie.

P.S. William Safire says in today’s New York Times that “Clunkers” should be capitalized (see previous post). Thoughts? Read his piece here: On Language: Clunkers.

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