A Trip to Beijing
Why am I going? To escape? Yes but that is only 62% of the truth. My friend and co-author Prof. Siqi Zheng of Tsinghua University has arranged some great seminars for me and I'm excited about meeting her colleagues. Siqi and I have written 3 papers now on China's cities and I am a firm believer that it is wrong to write papers about a place one has never been to.
My new book also has a half written chapter on China and climate change and I know that my time there will help me to actually write a good chapter (Tom Friedman style?) based on my journey. With this Swine Flu crazyness, I do expect to be quarantined at a motel for my time in China. I am ready for that contingency and have plenty of stuff to do.
Now that LA is 100 degrees and smelling of smoke, this isn't a bad time to skip town. I'm actually not in that town. I remain in Berkeley adding some diversity to this town. I wore my UCLA hat to the University pool the other day and did notice people snearing at me.
Some students have emailed me asking whether I am teaching this quarter. Yes, Mike Jura and I are co-teaching Energy and the Modern Economy. I have redone all of my readings for the quarter and I actually think it will be interesting. I am on leave in the Winter quarter and will not be on campus. In Spring 2010, I will teach an enormous section of Environmental Economics.