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Electric Vehicle Performance Found to Slide in Winter

Hybrids don’t do as well in winter for reasons ranging from modified winter gasoline formulations, to increased stationary warm-up time, to increased heater usage, to reduced battery performance in cold weather. A recent report in MIT Technology Review claims that the situation gets even worse when moving from hybrids to all-electrics. But before we snow on the EV parade, let’s ask how serious these cold weather drawbacks actually are.

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Interview: Cisco and AGT Launch Strategic Partnership on Smart Cities

Cisco has been working in the smart cities space for seven years now — providing services including traffic management, parking assistance, waste management, pollution reduction, virtualized learning, security and health care.

This week they took another major step, announcing a strategic partnership with AGT International — a solutions provider that works specifically in the smart cities space, where they have fielded an impressive array of solutions ranging from law enforcement, to environmental monitoring to citizen services.

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Who is Liable When Ridesharing Goes Wrong?

Popular ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have long-operated in a legal gray zone. While the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) unanimous approval of new regulations around ridesharing services last September helped to clear some of the ambiguity, scores of questions remain. Chief of these are liability issues — just who is to blame when things go wrong with ridesharing?

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Should the Wind Energy Industry Receive Tax Credits?

The Production Tax Credit (PTC) expired on Dec. 31, and the industry is waiting to see if it will be extended, causing great financial uncertainty. Although the credit was designed to help the wind industry, it has created boom and bust cycles and made planning difficult. Is the PTC an important aspect of tax policy and should it be extended again?

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Tricks of the Trade that Block Climate Change Progress

Last week the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new report examining company responses to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) to see whether companies were replying accurately to the question on whether they were members of groups that might “directly or indirectly influence climate policy.”

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Four Years after Citizens United We Need Transparency Rules

Four years ago today, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unleashed a flood of secretive corporate money into our democracy, leading to the most expensive elections our country’s history, and allowing a new class of mega-donors to drown out the voices of regular Americans. Yet the decision didn’t just hurt democracy and regular voters.

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Policy Points: If Properly Managed, (Federal) Debt is Good

Debt is not always bad. It all depends on what it is used for and how it is managed. If the reasons and the goals are sound, debt can be good — really good. This is something business owners understand particularly well. For a business, the typical goal is increased profits down the road. But what are the right goals for federal debt?