Carbon in soils and trees: What should farmers and society worry about?

Carbon in soils and trees: What should farmers and society worry about?            Brent Sohngen, Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Ohio State University As the US re-enters the Paris Agreement and companies all over the world work to become…

Re-entering Paris Agreement could reduce pollution, cost most Americans little

By Brent Sohngen This article ran in the Columbus Dispatch on February 13, 2021: https://www.dispatch.com/story/opinion/columns/2021/02/13/re-entering-paris-agreement-likely-reduce-pollution-cost-americans-little/4282378001/ One of the first official acts of President Joe Biden was to re-enter the Paris Agreement, that 2015 pact among most of the world’s countries to…

Markets and consumers, not president, control oil’s future

The following appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on November 4, 2020: https://www.dispatch.com/story/opinion/columns/2020/11/04/column-markets-and-consumers-not-president-control-oils-future/6136112002/   Brent Sohngen, AED Economics, Ohio State University For practically 150 years, oil has been at the center of the American economy.  At first, it provided a source…

Recent UN climate negotiation failure leaves few good choices

By Brent Sohngen See original post in Columbus Dispatch Predictably, the recent United Nations meeting on climate change ended with lots of headlines and even more heartburn. The U.S. is again the grand villain of the negotiations, but we have…

How Big are the Damages from Algal Blooms for Beaches and Fishing in Lake Erie?

By Brent Sohngen (sohngen.1@osu.edu) A consulting company, Key-Log Economics has just released a report estimating the economic benefits from phosphorus reductions in Lake Erie (http://www.keylogeconomics.com/lakeerievalue.html).  This report adds up estimates from a variety of studies and attempts to calculate a…

Carbon tax or Green New Deal?

Published in Columbus Dispatch, March 15, 2019 by Brent Sohngen Ohioans are about to get another taste of carbon taxes if legislators approve some amount of a gasoline-tax increase as proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine. The legislature will never call…

Carbon Taxes?

Well, Tim, I would agree that a national carbon tax would be a good addition to our set of climate policy tools, but let’s be realistic about what it will accomplish.  A carbon tax of $50 per ton CO2 amounts…

The Challenge of Climate Change

Posted by Brent Sohngen (sohngen.1@osu.edu) The science of climate change is settled, so the scientists have told us. Recent reports from the United Nations and the U.S. government have told us the human signature is written all over the floods,…

Common Sense on P Pollution

Post by Brent Sohngen (Sohngen.1@osu.edu) Gov. John Kasich recently fired his director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture over concerns about water quality. One of the things the former director, David Daniels, said to The Dispatch in a recent article…