Fiber-optic networks – the roads of the digital age By Christopher Mitchell, originally published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 5, 2007 The United States, birthplace to the Internet, now lags in access to it. Countries in Asia and Europe now have faster and cheaper connections, allowing their businesses to communicate more effectively, operate… Continue reading
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ILSR’s Vice President, David Morris, was interviewed on WCCO’s "Good Question" segment that answered why Minnesota’s oil pipeline is so important. Segment aired November 29, 2007 Continue reading
We assume that the chains represent economic progress, but in fact they take far more out of our economy than they contribute. Continue reading
This November 2007 report by John Farrell, John Bailey and David Morris examines the impact that Minnesota’s energy policies will have on Minnesota’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. Even if fully achieved, the state’s energy policies would simply slow the rate at which GHG emissions continue to grow.
Minnesota has adopted an aggressive state-level greenhouse gas (GHG)reduction goal but Minnesota’s energy policy objectives, even if achieved, would simply slow the rate at which we are moving the the wrong direction. To significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions Minnesota must reduce energy consumption.
This November 2007 report by David Morris and Ann Robertson evaluates the evaluates that issue by analyzing the impact of the proposed $1.5 billion tax shift legislation, the Economic Efficiency and Pollution Reduction Act (EEPRA) on Minnesota’s most energy-intensive business sectors and estimating the potential for those sectors to offset any increased tax burden through cost-effective efficiency improvements.
Under EEPRA, energy-intensive businesses would pay higher net taxes while energy-efficient businesses would pay lower net taxes. While this is an intended outcome of the tax shift, businesses in Minnesota are concerned that the tax shift could impose a competitive burden on certain sectors.
A new kind of hybrid uses less gas and more electricity. All-electric cars are already here. What will this mean for the road trip of the future? ILSR’s David Morris plugs in and gives us a little history lesson of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).
A short time ago, to much less fanfare, Comcast decided to stop providing free telecommunications services to many police and fire stations in communities around Michigan. Earlier this summer, Comcast closed the East Lansing public access studio.
Michigan is reaping the fruits of dependence, and monopoly. To paraphrase an old truism, he who owns the network calls the shots. Comcast manages its network for its shareholders, not you. That is why the people of Michigan must insist that the communities themselves own the next generation of fiber-based information networks.
The California Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007 (AB 1470), creates a 10-year program aimed at installing 200,000 solar water heaters in homes and businesses using a $250 million fund. Continue reading
Global warming requires local solutions Cities should use bonding authority to promote energy conservation. The savings would easily pay back the expense. By John Bailey, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 5, 2007 More than 650 cities around the country, including Minneapolis, have formally agreed to honor the Kyoto Protocol and reduce their… Continue reading
A new kind of hybrid uses less gas and more electricity. All-electric cars are already here. What will this mean for the road trip of the future? ILSR’s David Morris plugs in and gives us a little history lesson of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This article by David Morris appeared in the October 2007 issue of Travel + Leisure. Continue reading