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  • Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/03/2017 8:10:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Cato At Liberty (Cato Institute) ^ | May 31, 2017 | Randal O'Toole
    Greater reliance on user fees, federal loans rather than grants, and corporatization are three keys to the Trump administration’s infrastructure initiative released as a part of its 2018 budget. The plan will “seek long-term reforms on how infrastructure projects are regulated, funded, delivered, and maintained,” says the six-page document. More federal funding “is not the solution,” the document says; instead, it is to “fix underlying incentives, procedures, and policies.”In building the Interstate Highway System, the fact sheet observes, “the Federal Government played a key role” in collecting and distributing monies to “fund a project with a Federal purpose.” Since then,...
  • Why All Protectionists Are Essentially Luddites

    02/07/2017 4:56:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 169 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | January 24, 2017 | Donald J. Boudreaux
    It’s well-known among people who bother to learn the facts that U.S. manufacturing output continues to rise despite the reality that the number of Americans employed in jobs classified as being in the manufacturing sector peaked in June 1977 and has fallen, with very few interruptions, ever since.Nevertheless, some people – for example, the Economic Policy Institute’s Robert Scott – continue to insist that the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is largely due to increased American trade with non-Americans. Other studies find empirical evidence that labor-saving innovation rather than trade is overwhelmingly responsible for the loss of manufacturing...
  • Toll Lanes Could Get Driverless Trucks On Highways Faster

    11/06/2016 10:56:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 18, 2016 | Jason Kuehn and Bill Rennicke
    Prematurely accelerating the implementation of fully autonomous trucking (no driver in the cab) seems like an idea that could be fraught with risk. While driverless long-haul trucks have the potential to increase economic productivity by enabling more cost-effective transport of goods, the technology is not yet ready for prime time. There is growing pressure, however, to make it a reality sooner rather than later – particularly as long-distance trucking faces a worsening driver shortage. At the same time, highway infrastructure in many parts of the country is clearly inadequate even for today’s traffic, let alone a mixed bag of driven...
  • Technology will allow us to decentralize our federal government and representatives

    04/15/2016 5:49:17 PM PDT · by molewhacka · 12 replies
    The Paris Post-Intelligencer ^ | 4/1/2016 | Arthur Smith
    There is a truism simply stated that the three most important factors in real estate are location, location, location. Maybe it is time to apply this axiom to government, specifically at the federal level. Technology has now reached the point that it is no longer necessary for a congressman or senator to reside in or near Washington, D.C., in order to carry out his constitutional duties. Imagine how much more difficult it would be for lobbyists to bribe the majority of the 435 members of the House of Representatives or the 100 senators if they had to make a circuit...
  • America's Next President Must Continue Obama’s Progress On Clean Energy

    04/06/2016 7:07:33 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/5/2016 | David Ignatius
    So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area--energy and the environment--where the Obama administration has made startling progress.... Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, arguably President Obama's best Cabinet appointment, has been leading a quiet revolution in clean-energy technology. Innovation is transforming this industry, costs are plummeting and entrepreneurs are devising radical new systems that create American jobs--in addition to protecting the planet.... Here's a suggestion for any fact-based, technology-respecting candidate in either party: Promise that, if elected, you'll try to persuade Moniz to remain in place.......
  • New development could lead to more effective lightbulbs

    01/12/2016 6:11:16 AM PST · by Freeport · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-01-12 | Matt McGrath
    US researchers say they have developed a technique that can significantly improve the efficiency of the traditional incandescent lightbulb. These older bulbs have been phased out in many countries because they waste huge amounts of energy as heat. But scientists at MIT have found a way of recycling the waste energy and focussing it back on the filament where it is re-emitted as visible light. The development has been reported in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Little has changed in the technology of the incandescent lightbulb since they were commercially developed by Thomas Edison in the US in the 1880s. Incandescent...
  • On Paper: We choose not between Marx and Adam Smith but between the DMV and the Apple store.

    05/11/2014 3:55:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 11, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    I am preparing to renew my driver’s license, a process requiring some considerable preparation. My last trip to a driver’s-license bureau, in Norwalk, Conn., ended with my giving very serious thought to returning later in the evening and burning the place down, the process having been so backward and the people so hateful. I have in my life had a number of unpleasant encounters with government agencies — handcuffed in Texas, terrorized by Mexican federales, assets seized by the IRS, chased about by India’s immigration authorities, etc. Frankly, I’d rather be pepper-sprayed than pay another visit to the Norwalk DMV....
  • A Tiny Ray Of Common Sense Shines In Washington

    07/12/2013 3:47:16 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/11/2013 | IBD Staff
    Regulation: We don´t often find ourselves agreeing with what most lawmakers say, but this week was an exception when a congressman explained why he wanted to prevent a federal ban on traditional light bulbs. "If the new energy-efficient light bulbs save money, and if they´re better for the environment, we should trust our constituents to make the choice on their own to move toward these bulbs," Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said. "Let the market decide." Imagine that! Trust consumers. Let the market decide. A common-sense idea that expresses basic economic principles. But such simple wisdom...
  • From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

    04/21/2013 3:30:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 91 replies
    NPR ^ | April 2, 2013 | Alastair Bland
    Matt Miller, an Idaho-based science writer with The Nature Conservancy, says rodents and other small livestock represent a low-impact meat alternative to carbon-costly beef. Miller, who is writing a book about the ecological benefits of eating unconventional meats, visited Colombia several years ago. At the time, he says, conservation groups were expressing concern about local ranchers clearing forest to provide pasture for their cattle — activity that was causing erosion and water pollution. "They were encouraging people to switch from cattle to guinea pigs," Miller says. "Guinea pigs don't require the land that cattle do. They can be kept in...
  • GOP candidates take Texas businessman's pledge of efficiency

    08/03/2011 3:11:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | August 2, 2011 | Aman Batheja
    While presidential candidates furiously work to charm Iowa's Republican electorate, a visit with Texas businessman Mike George has become a vital stop on the road to the 2012 nomination. More than 20 years ago, George created Lean Six Sigma, a business methodology that the U.S. military and major businesses have employed to cut waste. ...."It is the largest grassroots organization in Iowa -- and it's not me, it's the message," George said. In the past two months, several Republican candidates have met with George and enthusiastically adopted his group's pledge. There are indications that Gov. Rick Perry may also support...
  • Daniels OKs bonuses up to $1,000 for each state employee

    07/15/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    The Northwest Indiana Times ^ | Jul 15, 2011 | Dan Carden
    the times Daniels OKs bonuses up to $1,000 for each state employee By Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078 | Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011 10:45 am INDIANAPOLIS | State employees will be paid a bonus of up to $1,000 each for their efforts in helping Indiana amass a $1.2 billion budget surplus. Gov. Mitch Daniels authorized the one-time payment on Friday to recognize employees he said have spent years doing more with less. "There's not a state in the nation where state employees are more committed to efficiency and care with tax dollars than Indiana," Daniels said. The "efficiency dividend...
  • Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Brayton-Cycle Turbines Promise Giant Leap

    03/06/2011 5:07:27 PM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 52 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | March 04, 2011 | Neal Singer
    Sandia National Laboratories researchers are moving into the demonstration phase of a novel gas turbine system for power generation, with the promise that thermal-to-electric conversion efficiency will be increased to as much as 50 percent — an improvement of 50 percent for nuclear power stations equipped with steam turbines, or a 40 percent improvement for simple gas turbines. The system is also very compact, meaning that capital costs would be relatively low. Research focuses on supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) Brayton-cycle turbines, which typically would be used for bulk thermal and nuclear generation of electricity, including next-generation power reactors. The goal...
  • President Obama Signs Telework Bill into Law (for federal employees)

    12/10/2010 6:36:20 AM PST · by Poundstone · 11 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 9, 2010 | Ian Smith
    HR 1722 was signed into law by President Obama Thursday afternoon. Also known as the Telework Enhancement Act, the bill aims to increase the work-at-home opportunities for federal employees. The bill instructs federal agencies to come up with better defined policies to promote telework. Some of its key features are that it requires each agency head to: * Establish a policy under which eligible agency employees may be authorized to telework * Determine employee eligibility to participate in telework * Notify all employees of their eligibility to telework
  • New Solar Energy Conversion Process Could Double Solar Efficiency of Solar Cells

    08/03/2010 10:54:16 AM PDT · by Freeport · 52 replies · 10+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Aug. 2, 2010 | ScienceDaily staff
    A new process that simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation to generate electricity could offer more than double the efficiency of existing solar cell technology, say the Stanford engineers who discovered it and proved that it works. The process, called "photon enhanced thermionic emission," or PETE, could reduce the costs of solar energy production enough for it to compete with oil as an energy source. Stanford engineers have figured out how to simultaneously use the light and heat of the sun to generate electricity in a way that could make solar power production more than twice as...
  • Making New York City More Efficient (Too many duplicate agencies)

    07/27/2010 6:57:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 07/27/2010 | Josh Barro
    New York City's public offices have 8,000 vacant desks, roughly 11% of the workstations in the city government's 19 million square feet of office space. The city has nine separate agencies to handle vehicle maintenance, operating 125 separate maintenance garages, some across the street from each other. Each city agency has its own HR department, with an overall ratio of HR workers to employees 2.5 times higher than is typical in the private sector. Police officers still report their hours worked on an error-prone, paper-based system that involves pairs of officers driving boxes full of paperwork between precincts and One...
  • Public Servants

    07/04/2010 3:39:30 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel
    Criticism by Ari Bussel No one likes to be criticized. When the critique is constructive and aimed at improving, a person must separate one’s emotions from the practicality and wisdom of the criticism and view it with a sense of detachment. Critique can be used as a tool for improvement, yet most government employees will do everything possible to quash it when aimed in their direction. In a recent meeting with a government representative, I pointed out there are complaints that telephone calls and e-mails sent to his office remain unanswered. “Impossible,” was the adamant reply, “It is against regulations.”...
  • Ultra-Efficient Gas Engine Passes Test

    06/16/2010 8:37:09 AM PDT · by epithermal · 35 replies · 1,079+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | March 08, 2010 | Kevin Bullis
    Transonic Combustion, a startup based in Camarillo, CA, has developed a fuel-injection system it says can improve the efficiency of gasoline engines by more than 50 percent. A test vehicle equipped with the technology gets 64 miles per gallon in highway driving, which is far better than more costly gas-electric hybrids, such as the Prius, which gets 48 miles per gallon on the highway.
  • Need Advice-IRS Bill for $ .10 (vanity)

    06/07/2010 2:52:13 PM PDT · by whence911 · 48 replies · 210+ views
    self/IRS | 6/7/2010 | whence911
    After several exchanges in which we explained to the IRS why we didn't owe over $2,000 of our tax bill, the IRS now says we still owe 10 cents. They mailed the notice to us.
  • U.S. grants $187 million for fuel efficiency research

    01/11/2010 5:11:58 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Associated Press
    The Obama administration will announce today funding for nine projects designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles, with more than half the money coming from the $787 billion stimulus package. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu will detail the projects during a ceremony in Columbus, Ind., home of Cummins Inc., which is to receive nearly $40 million to develop a more efficient and cleaner diesel engine, a more aerodynamic long-haul truck cab and trailer, and a fuel cell that would deliver auxiliary power to reduce engine idling while the vehicle was not on the road. The White...
  • New solar-cell efficiency record set

    09/16/2009 8:17:13 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 67 replies · 1,886+ views
    Scientific American ^ | Aug 27, 2009 | David Biello
    Here's a seemingly simple solar power fact*: the sun bathes Earth with enough energy in one hour (4.3 x 1020 joules) to more than fill all of humanity's present energy use in a year (4.1 x 1020 joules). So how to convert it? In the world of solar energy harvesting, there's a constant battle between cost and efficiency. On the one hand, complex and expensive triple-junction photovoltaic cells can turn more than 40 percent of the (specially concentrated) sunlight that falls on them into electricity. On the other, cheap, plastic solar cells under development convert less than 5 percent. In...