It should be noted that the lead editor [John Whitehead] of this book is well-known for his folksy and self-deprecating style**. Environmental economists have spent so long being apologetic about the quality of their available data that perhaps the best defense is humor at one’s own expense. Many readers will be familiar with the Environmental Economics blog (www.env-econ.net) maintained by Tim Haab and John Whitehead. In fact, while attempting to cut-and-paste the URL, I was again distracted (and entertained) for over an hour by the latest material.
I guess that's the best we can hope for: to be a distraction top productive researchers.
*(That very few of you will be interested in).
**Does that mean I'm not folksy and self-deprecating? Or just so bad at it that I'm not well known for it?