Opinionomics | 5 April 2012

Must read comment and analysis

1. The cost of cancer care (Washington Post | Wonkblog)

A new study throws light on the cost variation within the American health system.

2. Cameron’s economically irrational Right to Buy relaunch won’t solve housing crisis (Left Foot Forward)

Kevin Gulliver lambasts the Right to Buy program.

3. German Ideology, EMU, and the Wolfson break-up Prize (Telegraph)

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard runs through the entries to the Wolfson Prize. We prefer the Euro Pizza Plan.

4. U.S. Economy Needs Stimulus, Not Soothsayers (Bloomberg View)

Via Freakanomics, Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers say the unsayable – economists aren't very good at guessing where the economy is going.

5. “The FSA is not about justice, it’s about justifying their existence.” Discuss (Financial Times | Alphaville)

Paul Murphy defends Ian Hannam against the FSA.

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The section on climate change has already disappeared from the White House website

As soon as Trump was president, the page on climate change started showing an error message.

Melting sea ice, sad photographs of polar bears, scientists' warnings on the Guardian homepage. . . these days, it's hard to avoid the question of climate change. This mole's anxiety levels are rising faster than the sea (and that, unfortunately, is saying something).

But there is one place you can go for a bit of respite: the White House website.

Now that Donald Trump is president of the United States, we can all scroll through the online home of the highest office in the land without any niggling worries about that troublesome old man-made existential threat. That's because the minute that Trump finished his inauguration speech, the White House website's page about climate change went offline.

Here's what the page looked like on January 1st:

And here's what it looks like now that Donald Trump is president:

The perfect summary of Trump's attitude to global warming.

Now, the only references to climate on the website is Trump's promise to repeal "burdensome regulations on our energy industry", such as, er. . . the Climate Action Plan.

This mole tries to avoid dramatics, but really: are we all doomed?

I'm a mole, innit.