Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Stiglitz: Austerity Will Make Matters Worse

Pretty good little essay here from Joe Stiglitz.

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Europe’s single-minded focus on austerity is a result of a misdiagnosis of its problems. Greece overspent, but Spain and Ireland had fiscal surpluses and low debt-to-GDP ratios before the crisis. Giving lectures about fiscal prudence is beside the point. Taking the lectures seriously – even adopting tight budget frameworks – can be counterproductive. Regardless of whether Europe’s problems are temporary or fundamental – the eurozone, for example, is far from an “optimal” currency area, and tax competition in a free-trade and free-migration area can erode a viable state – austerity will make matters worse.

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http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/after-austerity

Just listening to the news you’d think Spain and Ireland were deeply in debt prior to the fraudtastic financial crisis, but no.



Europe High Speed Rail Map
February 22, 2012, 01:40
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Natural gas trade movements
January 1, 2012, 13:26
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According to BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2011 Review.


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Companies working in the US want to put another LNG line from here to Euro. Domestic nat gas price probably too low to make much dough.