The Big Difference in Obama’s and McCain’s Plans for Our Energy Future By David Morris, originally published in Alternet, October 23, 2008 A few weeks ago I was at Iowa State University addressing 500 students and faculty at its engineering school. I was sharing a platform with former CIA Director Jim Woolsey. At one point,… Continue reading
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Shifting even a modest amount of consumer spending from chains to locally owned businesses would have a major impact on the West Michigan economy, according to a new study. Continue reading
The financial bailout bill passed by Congress may have once and for all put an end to T. Boone Pickens’ energy plan. Let me explain.
Until the financial meltdown obliterated all other news coverage, T. Boone and his energy plan were everywhere. His book, The First Billion Is the Hardest, is number two on the bestseller list. During the Republican and Democrat Conventions his press conferences were attended by a fawning media, virtually all of who filed stories with the theme "oil man turns wind energy advocate."
How T. Boone Pickens’ Energy Plan Just Got Killed The new bailout plan passed by Congress may have put the nail in the coffin on Pickens’ dangerous energy proposal. By David Morris, originally published in Alternet, October 9, 2008 The financial bailout bill passed by Congress may have once and for all put an end… Continue reading
When a small publisher recently agreed to let Amazon.com be the exclusive seller of a new book about Barack Obama, the deal sparked a flurry of protest from independent booksellers and provided new evidence that the e-commerce giant intends to leverage its power as a retailer to gain more control over the production and distribution of books. Continue reading
With has the potential to become one of the nation’s fastest spreading local renewable energy programs, the Berkeley city council last night voted unanimously to use the city’s bonding authority to finance rooftop solar on residential properties. The city will pay the upfront costs and property owners will repay those costs over 20 years through a special assessment on their property tax bills. If a person moves, the solar system will stay at the property and the new owners will assume the remaining years of the assessment.
Palin’s Self-Reliant Image of Alaska Is Bogus By David Morris, originally published in Alternet, September 15, 2008 In her latest comment on the “Bridge to Nowhere” controversy, Sarah Palin appealed to the self-reliant, individualist, rugged, anti-government image most Americans have of Alaska. “If we wanted a bridge,” she declared, “we would build it ourselves.” Actually,… Continue reading
The grassroots group, Foothill Development Watch, and area community councils enjoyed a recent victory over Wal-Mart when the Salt Lake CIty Planning Commission unanimously rejected Wal-Mart’s request for a zoning change in order to make way for a new supercenter. Continue reading
T. Boone talks a lot about wind, but gas is what he’s really about By David Morris, originally published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, September 12, 2008 T. Boone Pickens visited St. Paul during the Republican Convention for the same reason he visited Denver during the Democratic Convention —to peddle his energy plan. In… Continue reading
The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a four-year-old, statewide grant and loan program for grocery store development, has financed over 50 independent grocery stores and small food retailers in underserved areas of the state. Continue reading