Well, it seems like those tea party folks are at it again, proudly displaying their unique, mind-bending brand of self-centered absurdity, which, when mixed with a healthy dose of righteous indignation might just rouse their somnambulistic followers to take action at the polls. This is why, in an era when narcissistic dimwits like Sarah (ah … Continued
Policy & Government
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In a move that could prove transformational (more on that later), President Obama has nominated John Bryson, founder of NRDC, for Secretary of Commerce. From a conventional business standpoint, this is a blue chip, Grade A, all-star, gold medal selection that should sail right through Congress. Bryson’s business cred is impeccable. He currently serves on … Continued
This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Tia Ferguson In 1881, King David Kalakaua of Hawaii and several of his closest advisors paid a visit to New York. During this visit, Kalakaua sought the counsel of Thomas Edison … Continued
By: Kate Shaw Capitalism, as we currently understand it, is failing and has been failing for some time. Just as we adapted our wings, we need to adapt our understanding of capitalism and the framework within which it functions. First we assume that the last several decades have viewed capitalism as it is defined by … Continued
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) announced that his state is leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade scheme involving 10 northeastern states. During a press conference, Christie called the RGGI a “failure,” and claimed it is “not effective in reducing greenhouse gases and is unlikely to be in the future.” He described … Continued
A new report released this week on fuel economy and emissions standards for the state of California concludes that the idea there is a necessary trade-off between environmental goals and economic growth is a fallacy. It comes at a time when there is much deliberation over vehicle standards by both the NHTSA and the California … Continued
This case study explores the fashions through which Berkeley based NGO Citizen Engagement Laboratory works with digital media to amplify its message, organize community support, and achieve its goals, specifically focusing on its recent campaign to get advertisers to drop Glenn Beck from commercial campaigns.
I was surprised at how some people took exception to last week’s post which covered the story from Carbon Brief about how nine of the ten most prolific climate-change-denying scientists on the Global Warming Policy Foundation list had affiliations of one kind or another with ExxonMobil, mostly through their involvement with oil-funded think tanks. But … Continued
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is well known as an environmental advocate and attorney. Given his pro-environment position, it is quite unexpected to hear Kennedy advocate for free market capitalism in order to protect the environment. If you ask many committed environmental folks, they would probably be anti-free market capitalism. If you ask many free market … Continued
Can economic growth be sustainably achieved? The short answer appears to be no. At least, not in our economy’s current incarnation. But this question has already been percolating for nearly two decades and its multi-trillion dollar answer indeed requires a great deal of debate.
The following case study is part of a project by MPA students at the Presidio Graduate School on information management technology and policy. You can read the rest of the series here. By Porsha Jones Twitter could be a valuable tool to keep the public engaged and alert during critical incidents. The DC Homeland Security … Continued
The following case study is part of a project by MPA students at the Presidio Graduate School on information management technology and policy. You can read the rest of the series here. By: Kari Kiser “Government 2.0” is not a new idea anymore. It has moved on from being an experimental idea to one that … Continued
The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday on tax breaks for the nation’s top five oil companies: Chevron, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP America, and Exxon Mobil. At stake is $21 billion in alleged subsidies. Should oil companies be allowed to keep the tax credits? Should tax payers no longer subsidize big oil? If the debate … Continued
This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By: Lauren Wray While there are a few things that folks of differing political persuasions might have in common with one another, there are not many. So I found it noteworthy when, … Continued
As the old saw goes, when one door closes another one opens. That is about to tested on a grand scale in the State of Washington, which recently announced an agreement to shut down its only coal fired power plant. The plant is owned by the power company TransAlta. Rather than simply switching off the … Continued