Failure Is An Option: Cost Is Not No Object

On August 8, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to polls about energy issues.  Way too often, the questions are posed in such a way that they practically compel the respondent to answer in a certain way.  Seriously:  if someone asks you “would you like the energy you use to have less environmental impact?”, are you going to […]

Luntz on Climate

On February 16, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Frank Luntz is an influential pollster in Republian circles. So, it’s notable when Luntz releases findings that support movement on the climate front. That just what happened in late January, when Luntz’s firm The Word Doctors collaborated with Environmental Defense Fund to announce recent polling data that suggest that a majority […]

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The Problem With Polls

On July 23, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Recently, I’ve been working more closely with people who are active in setting and shaping policies, and it’s clear that they’re wired differently from me. As an economist, my first question in considering policy usually is: “What are the costs and benefits?”. The policy-wonks tend to first ask: “What do the […]