PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: September 28, 2000 Contact: David Morris, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 612-276-3456 THE OTHER GASOLINE CRISIS: SPEEDING UP THE SHIFT FROM MTBE TO ETHANOL MINNEAPOLIS, MN – While gasoline prices have captured the recent headlines, another transportation fuel crisis remains unresolved. MTBE, a gasoline additive widely used in larger metropolitan areas… Continue reading
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About David Morris
David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of New City States and four other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post. More
In a Carbohydrate Economy, Ownership Matters By David Morris Fall 2000 Almost 20 years ago I coined the term “carbohydrate economy” to describe an industrial system with two distinctive features 1. Carbohydrates replace hydrocarbons. We rely on vegetables to supply not only our stomachs but our factories. 2. Cultivators and their surrounding regions capture a… Continue reading
The Other Gasoline Crisis: Speeding Up The Shift From MTBE To Ethanol David Morris and Jack Brondum* Institute for Local Self-Reliance September 2000 Executive Summary The MTBE crisis has taught us the need to do a comprehensive evaluation of the costs and benefits of fuel additives. It has also reminded us that tradeoffs will be… Continue reading
Use Construction Bonds to Fight Global Warming By David Morris March 26, 2000 What can Minnesotans do to curtail global warming? The problem seems immense, but the solution is straightforward: Use energy more efficiently and shift to renewable fuels. An effective and easy first step toward redressing our share of global pollution would be to… Continue reading
Why Minnesotans Should Not Subsidize the Burning of Poultry Manure Testimony by David Morris Against Minnesota House Bill No. 2757 Before the House Regulated Industries Subcommittee February 16, 2000 My name is David Morris. I am Vice President of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a 26 year old non-profit research organization based in Minneapolis and… Continue reading
(The following article appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Sunday January 30, 2000.)
"Perfection of means and confusion of ends seems to characterize our age."
Thatinsight of Albert Einstein’s half a century ago aptly describes the current debate, or more precisely, non-debate, about free trade.
Whose Rules? By David Morris January 2000 The strongest argument in favor of globalization is its apparent inevitability. And in certain respects, it is inevitable. Even now, at the very beginning of the information age, distance has begun to lose its meaning. In many places, it is now cheaper to make a long distance call… Continue reading
Really Light Rail By David Morris November 14, 1999 When I was on KTCA’s “Almanac” a few months ago with Elwyn Tinklenberg, the transportation commissioner held forth on the promise of light-rail transit (LRT). The cohost anticipated my response. “Mr. Morris, you’re against rail and for buses, right?” She was surprised and confused when I… Continue reading
The CIA’s Record of Incompetence Argues for Abolition by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance May 20, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press When he learned that the CIA had failed to update a 1992 map of Belgrade, leading NATO to mistakenly bomb the Chinese Embassy in an attack that killed 4, injured… Continue reading
Abolish the Pentagon by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance March 9, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press Stamp out waste and incompetence in government. Strip the Pentagon of its rank. For the fifth year in a row the General Accounting Office(GAO) has labelled the military’s financial and accountability system “high risk”. “None… Continue reading