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DC Homeland Security Agency Should Use Twitter More Effectively

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

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Live Social Media in a Gov 2.0 World

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

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Senate Holds Hearing on Big Oil Tax Breaks

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

The Glass Steagall Act: Where a Libertarian and a Liberal agree over dinner

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

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Washington State Closes the Door on Coal

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

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A Genuine Measure: GDP vs Genuine Progress

The Gross National Product was the official measure of production in the United States until 1991. At that point, GNP was replaced by it’s close cousin Gross Domestic Product.

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Increasing Gas Prices Despite Subsidies

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 John Heylin If there’s one thing that will get environmentalists fired up, it’s the discussion over federal subsidies for the oil, nuclear and coal industries.  Renewable energy is forced to stand … Continued

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Who is More “Sustainable”, Rich or Poor?

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 Emily Alt There have been numerous debates over who is more sustainable: is it affluent people who can afford all the new fancy sustainable products, such as hybrid cars and solar … Continued

Sound Energy Policy Should Consider Rebounds

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: David Groves When a device’s energy efficiency increases, it becomes cheaper to operate. This can encourage people to use it more, negating some of the expected reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) … Continued

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Step One, Population Control

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: Jonathan Gibson Sustainability is all about fundamentals; it’s about fairness, equality, responsibility, and paying as we go.  Underlying these fundamentals is the supply and demand of resources.  With fixed world resources, … Continued

Pressure Builds to End $4 Billion in Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies

In these days of federal budget-cutting (and high gas prices), it was only a matter of time before subsidies for oil companies came under closer scrutiny. That moment has come. Chatter has been building for a few weeks and things came to a head this past Saturday, when President Obama used his weekly address to … Continued

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What Government Must Learn From Disasters

By the year 2050, 9.2 billion people with robust personal and communal energy needs will inhabit the globe.  Such extreme population growth demands an honest conversation on energy consumption and sustainability.  Nuclear energy will inevitably remain at the forefront of the debate.  However, the scourge of recent natural disasters, particularly the earthquake and tsunami in … Continued

American Budgetary Politics: Taxes, Deficits, and the Notorious “Laffer Curve”

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 Katie Grote “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” wrote Benjamin Franklin, but in today’s America is that still true?  Even with our debt-to-GDP … Continued

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Is Sustainability Stimulus Funding Sustainable?

Yesterday, a mock hip hop battle video was released describing two opposing economic solutions to the recent “great recession.” On one side, we have John Maynard Keynes, who advocates for more stimulus and more deficit spending to get the economy out of recession. On the other side, we have F.A. Hayek, who champions savings and organic … Continued