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Positive Externality Or Negative Externality?

…You decide: I’m on my home from work tonight and pass a youngish guy (probably late 20s/early 30s) dressed casually (either a blazer or a leather jacket and what looked like jeans). As I pass him, he says into his cell phone: “I’m walking back from a bar--they had a renewable energy happy hour…”

This, in a nutshell, is life in Washington.

--Noam Scheiber