The Covid-19 pandemic has uncovered multiple fault lines and fractures within American society: health care inadequacy and pay inequality two of the most glaring. Concerns have been growing for month over the possibility that millions of Americans are in danger of becoming homeless, a result of long-term job loss, the expiration of unemployment benefits and … Continue reading “Millions face homelessness. How will we respond?”
A team led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sustainable Business has published what they call a “Marshall Plan for Middle America Roadmap.” In it, they outline how a four-state chunk of the Ohio River Valley can pivot from an economy that still has strong ties to fossil fuels and extraction industries … Continue reading “Invigorating a region’s economy by thinking small”
We are inching closer to an emission-free hydrogen-based future. By the end of the year a 20 megawatt (MW) electrolyzer that runs on hydropower is expected to be up and running in Canada where it will produce on the order of 3,000 tons of hydrogen every year. There’s a lot of unpack here, so let’s … Continue reading “Hydrogen may be gaining a foothold Up North”
Decades from now and at a cost of more than $26 billion, the Texas Gulf Coast from Beaumont to Brownsville could lie behind a protective chain of natural and man-made structures designed to reduce the impact of rising sea levels and potent tropical storms on one of the nation’s most important economic engines. The region … Continue reading “Building Texas coastal defenses could top $26 billion”
Over the last several days, I’ve served as a volunteer poll watcher at voting locations in Jefferson County, Colorado, which sits between Denver and the Rocky Mountains. The county has a reputation for being decidedly purple. In the recent past it has been an indicator of how statewide races and ballot measures may fare. Unlike … Continue reading “My love affair with voting”
I’m endorsing Joe Biden for President. Here are my reasons. He’s empathetic. One of the big jobs that will consume a lot of time for the next president will be rebuilding and restoring confidence in core American institutions. There are so many pieces of the American fabric that are frayed and torn, including confidence in … Continue reading “Biden for President”
One Saturday a few years ago, we packed the in-laws into the back seat, loaded up the dog and headed into the mountains west of Denver. We exited I-70 at the U.S. 40 cutoff for Berthoud Pass and drove past the Winter Park ski resort on the road toward Kremmling. Before we reached that little … Continue reading “Forests are burning”
You may as well know where some of your tax dollars are being spent. A first-of-its-kind small modular nuclear reactor that a Utah electric power cooperative plans to build won a $1.355 billion subsidy from the Energy Department in an effort to make the plant’s cost of energy competitive with other power sources in the … Continue reading “Your tax dollars at work: An SMR gets a federal subsidy”
“Without a doubt this is the most difficult cycle I’ve experienced in my 30-year career,” one survey respondent told KC Fed analysts.
Two updates on recent blogs that were related to rather bizarre news out of my home state of Ohio. In the first, the Ohio Siting Board voted unanimously to reverse an earlier decision that would have limited the hours of the day when a wind farm proposed to be built in Lake Erie could operate. … Continue reading “When Pressed, Ohio Regulators Do the Right Thing (mostly)”
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