Greentech Industries Imperiled by Anti-Stimulus, Removal of Federal Supports

By: Friday September 21, 2012 10:15 am

One of the highlights of the stimulus package, according to Michael Grunwald’s book The New New Deal, was the $90 billion in investment in green energy. This kick-started a moribund industry and more than doubled the output of renewables as a percentage of overall energy. What it did not do is secure the place of [...]

Auto Industry Comeback: Creating the Conditions for Success

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 12:15 pm

Brad Plumer has a well-reported article about the domestic auto industry’s comeback, and how it derived from ending the failed business model of selling more and more gas guzzlers, and responding to consumer desires for lighter, more fuel-efficient cars. It’s a good in-depth piece, here’s an excerpt: “The economic recovery and a deep bench of [...]

Debunking the Arguments Against Cutting the Military Budget

By: Monday January 9, 2012 11:02 am

With the release of the Defense Strategic Guidance detailing a scaling back of military financing, the usual suspects have come around to condemn the cuts. Now, let’s set aside for a moment the fact that there are no cuts to the military budget planned in this document. This would just slow the rate of growth [...]

Latest “We Can’t Wait” Initiatives Extremely Small-Bore

By: Friday October 28, 2011 10:15 am

The Obama Administration announced its latest in the “We Can’t Wait” campaign today. Previous efforts included an FHFA initiative to expand refinancing options for underwater borrowers with Fannie and Freddie-backed loans, a challenge to get community health centers to hire veterans, and a plan to consolidate two types of federal student loans, and to accelerate [...]

FDA Reverses Exclusivity Policy for Pregnancy Drug After Enormous Price Hike

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 9:10 am

Time to mix in a good news story. A few weeks back, the Food and Drug Administration gave exclusive rights for a pregancy drug named Makena that prevented premature births to KV Pharmaceuticals. They promptly raised the price for Makena, which needs to be injected weekly between 16 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, from $10 [...]

Report: Obama to Call for New Investments in State of the Union

By: Saturday January 22, 2011 8:37 am

I’d expect several trial balloons about what the President will discuss in the State of the Union, and we already have one informed by his recent speeches: “competitiveness.” I agree with both Krugman and Robert Reich on this; if competitiveness is used as a frame to call for new investments, particularly in infrastructure and education, [...]

“Grand Bargain” of Clean Energy Research Feels More Like Lip Service

By: Wednesday October 13, 2010 8:31 am

Given the demise of cap and trade with barely a shot fired (well, OK, one shot), people concerned about the environment have been searching for some other proposal around which to rally, one that would serve to mitigate the climate crisis as well shift the country to a new, clean-energy economy. I think they’ve settled [...]

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