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  • Washington to the Rescue?

    Since many economists are operating under the assumption (subscription required) that a recession is now a foregone conclusion, both chambers of Congress have agreed to an economic stimulus package that they hope will keep the economy above water. The $168 billion deal, which was agreed to last night...
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  • With CPSC in Limbo – Consumers Need to be on Guard

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has had a turbulent year. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Last week CPSC lost its quorum…again. For those of you who may not intimately follow the cloak and dagger politics of the safety world, let me explain why all of this matters...
  • “It’s Confusing Being Green”

    Beware of color coding, which can inform but also inaccurately simplify. Take green, for example, which has come to be associated with the environmental movement, but over the years has also been linked to some differing concerns. Indeed, environmentalists questioning “green credentials” should realize...
  • Wind Energy May Take Awhile - In the Midwest

    Oil prices are near all time highs , new nuclear plants are years away from completion, and natural gas remains expensive relative to prior eras. So many policymakers -- including the President in his State of the Union address -- are urging the development of alternative energy sources,such as wind...
  • Use Less Electricity and Pay More?

    According to the Albuquerque Journal , a bill was introduced in the New Mexico State Legislature to allow utilities to recover some of the profits they lose when customers buy less electricity because of energy efficiency programs. Utilities have argued that they should be able to make up the reductions...
  • A Monster Move

    Recently, an article was published in the Wall Street Journal about the changes and advancements for both getting a job and hiring the right person. The nation’s largest job board, Monster.com , has experienced a 9% decrease in unique viewers since last year. According to Peter Weddle , the CEO of Weddle...
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  • IPR Legislation High on Judiciary Committee Agendas

    The Hill posted an article last night indicating that the stakeholders in the debate over patent reform are inching closer to an agreement on a Senate patent reform bill with a compromise on resolving a dispute within the IPR owners community over a provision that would change the law on damages for...
  • It’s Bernanke’s Story and…

    Another week has brought more fedspeak from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. This time, Mr. Bernanke testified to the Senate Banking Committee, commenting on the economic outlook, credit conditions and the central bank's options on monetary policy. The Chairman noted that conditions have deteriorated...
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  • Life and Property at Risk in Clash over Code Adoption

    The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has learned that Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will be presented with an Emergency Order to annul the recent state adoption of the 2008 National Electrical Code by the Board of Building Standards. ESFI encourages residents of Ohio to call the governor's...
  • "R.I.P."

    Tom Lantos' life story was extraordinary in many ways: Holocaust survivor, economist, and long-serving congressman who ended up being Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Congress had a little more integrity with him around, and his death this past weekend was a major loss. It's also...
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