Why are nature-based carbon offset prices so low?

By Brent Sohngen (sohngen.1@osu.edu)   For nearly 25 years, carbon offsets in agriculture and forestry have been the next big thing – a market with huge potential to increase revenue for farming with certain practices like conservation or no till,…

Tax revenues or PILOT II

Tax revenues or PILOT II

Posted by Brent Sohngen Please feel free to email with any questions: sohngen.1@osu.edu The upshot of this post (to see the last post referred to below, go here) You can’t compare two financial analyses that use fundamentally different input data….

The Economics of Solar Development in Ohio

By Grayson Penland and Brent Sohngen This report examines a number of economic aspects of solar development in Ohio. Here is a summary of the findings. A PDF of the report can be downloaded here. Solar energy constitutes about 1.4%…

Ohio Scenic Rivers Program Response to Op-Ed

In response to my Op-Ed in the Columbus Dispatch on 4/6/2022 (here), Ohio Scenic Rivers Program Manager Bob Gable sent the following note to the Ohio Watersheds list-serv. I am copying it here, as well as providing the two attachments…

For the sake of the future, Ohio must do more to protect its rivers

(this Op-Ed appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on 4/6/2022 (click here for original) (the study on which this article is based can be found at: https://go.osu.edu/little-miami) As a kid, I remember looking down in awe at the Little Miami River…

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…

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…

Why a $1 per gallon gas tax might make sense (cents?)

This is modified from a post I wrote a while ago for my own blog “Environmental Economics.”  There I spend a good bit of time trying to convince people that the easiest solution to many environmental problems is to get…