MARCH 13, 2013 BY JEREMY SCHMIDT
Historically, the logic of straw polls was that people care about the environment when the economy is doing well, not so much when it tanks. Remember those halcyon days of 2005 and how the environment fell off the map in 2008? Well, economics probably had something to do with it.
This makes the writings, lectures and debates about ecological economics of late very interesting. They are jostling for elbow room, you might say, as environmental and economic issues rise to prominence in public discourse at the same time. For instance, debates over pipelines are intertwined with debates over how to kickstart sluggish economies.
Last summer, Mark Sagoff (George Mason) wrote an interesting piece criticizing ecological economics as carrying over too many metaphysical assumptions about “Nature” into both ecology and economics. He also gave the interview below back in 2011 on the twin failures of ecological and environmental economics.