Economics for Equity and the Environment Network

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Economics for Equity and the Environment Network (E3) is a network of economists doing applied research on environmental issues with a social equity focus. E3 is based in Portland, Oregon.

History and mission[edit]

E3 was founded in 2007 by economists Kristen Sheeran, Frank Ackerman, James Boyce, Eban Goodstein, and Astrid Scholz with the goals of (1) developing better theory and research within the economics profession and (2) involving progressive, environmental economists more actively in policy development.[1]

Programs and activities[edit]

E3 maintains a Green Economist Directory, searchable by state of residence and area of expertise, of over 150 economists who are committed to its vision of an “engaged, practical economics”.[2] To be included in the directory, economists sign a statement that they agree with the following principles: (1) a clean and safe environment is a birthright of every person; (2) safeguarding the natural environment is inseparable from promoting social justice; and (3) today’s environmental challenges demand an alternative to the anti-regulatory, anti-reform bias that dominates public policy debates.

E3 helps connect its economists with NGOs, media, and decision makers who need economic arguments for environmental protection. E3 economists publish in journals, books, and newspapers. E3 also works with graduate students in economics to get them more involved in applied research on environmental issues through workshops, internships, and dissertation fellowships.

E3’s climate taskforce has contributed to the debates over the economics of global warming. Climate taskforce economists have testified before Congress[3][4][5] and the European Parliament[6] and presented their research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),[7] the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the American Economic Association, the United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE),[8] and other venues. They have also participated in press conferences on climate policy organized by the NRDC,[9] the Union of Concerned Scientists,[10] the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy,[11] and other organizations. The taskforce’s more recent project, Real Climate, launched in May 2009.[12][13][14]

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  1. ^ Montenegro, Maywa. “Road to Copenhagen”. Seed Magazine, June 17, 2009. Accessed June 23, 2009.
  2. ^ Simms, Glenda P. “The Cult of the Patriarch”. The E-Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence Vol. 5, No. 1, Rev. 1, January 2009. Accessed May 8, 2009.
  3. ^ Laitner, John A. “Oil Bubble or New Reality: How Will Skyrocketing Oil Prices Affect the U.S. Economy?” Testimony before The Joint Economic Committee, June 25, 2008. Accessed May 11, 2009.
  4. ^ Ackerman, Frank. “Climate Change: The Costs of Inaction.” Testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, April 22, 2009. Accessed May 18, 2009.
  5. ^ Boyce, James. “Cap and Dividend: Issues and Options”. Submitted to the Senate Committee on Finance hearing on “Auctioning under Cap and Trade: Design, Participation and Distribution of Revenues”, May 7, 2009.
  6. ^ Ackerman, Frank. “The economics of climate protection: cost-benefit analysis or global insurance policy?”, European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on Climate Change (CLIM), Brussels, March 26, 2008. Meeting Minutes. Accessed May 15, 2009.
  7. ^ E3 Network Panel. “Toward a New Climate Economics: Can We Afford the Future?” AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. February 15, 2008. Meeting Program. Accessed May 15, 2009.
  8. ^ Nelson, Julie. “Gender and ‘Scientific’ Culture in Ecological Economics”. USSEE 2009 Conference, Washington, DC, June 1, 2009. Parallel Keynote Speeches. Accessed May 15, 2009.
  9. ^ Laitner, John and Julie Nelson. “Energy Productivity: Critical Benefits for Both the Montana Economy and the Global Climate”. NRDC press conference, March 19, 2008.
  10. ^ Sheeran, Kristen. “Ohio’s Economy Benefits By Taking Action On Global Warming: Economists and Businesses Present the Benefits of Addressing Global Warming”. Union of Concerned Scientists press conference, May 1, 2008.
  11. ^ Laitner, John and Kristen Sheeran. “Tennessee’s Economy Benefits By Taking Action on Global Warming”. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy press conference, August 14, 2008.
  12. ^ RealClimate. “Welcome to the fray”. Posted May 1, 2009. Accessed May 11, 2009.
  13. ^ Revkin, Andrew. “Navigating the Fog of Climate Policy”. New York Times, Dot Earth blog, posted May 22, 2009. Accessed May 22, 2009.
  14. ^ Daily Kos. “Real Climate Economics”. Posted June 5, 2009. Accessed June 11, 2009.

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