David Robbins: Emigration once again? I'm happy at home, thanks
Professor Richard Tol is what an older generation might call a quare genius. Prof Tol, who has just departed these shores after a stint as a researcher with the ESRI, proved a rather divisive figure during his time among us.
He was a great man to post his thoughts on the topics of the day -- usually to do with green issues -- on websites such as www.irisheconomy.ie and www.politics.ie.
Although a self-professed supporter of environmental causes, he often doubted the efficacy of any environmental measures proposed by the authorities. He even wondered if cycling was really worth it in environmental terms.