Next Steps for US Hydrogen Convergence

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The only real hydrogen convergence success in the United States has occurred in the area of material handling. Both large and small businesses have been quick to invest in hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts because they can operate longer than battery powered ones and refuel faster. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, this means that …

Home Hydrogen Stations are a Waste of Time

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is collecting information on how best to promote an “H-Prize” for a home hydrogen filling station. Unfortunately, the DOE is not the only organization that talks about home hydrogen filling stations as if they were the holy grail of hydrogen convergence (i.e. a lot of very serious do). For those …

Why Universities need Affirmative Action

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As you can imagine, one of the hottest topics to be debated in the Supreme Court this year will once again be “affirmative action.” The reason is that the Freedom First Wing of the Republican Party views affirmative action as market tampering. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you may want to consider the universities’ …

Does the Future Belong to the Mapmakers?

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Traditionally, mapmakers have been mythologized as pioneers and facilitators of international trade. This process continued until the 1890’s in the United States when the Census Bureau announced the “end of the frontier.” For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you and your peers may want to consider the words of Brian McClendon, Vice President for Engineering …

Bitcoin related Strategic Uncertainty

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Libertarians like Friedrich Hayek (Nobel Laureate)  have been claiming for years that central banks are the source of many of the problems facing world markets. Now some very serious people see Bitcoin as an opportunity to reduce the need for United States Dollars in international transactions and remove central banks from the equation. On the …

Strategic Uncertainty of US Export Strategy

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Yesterday, residents of Georgia found out that President Barack Obama wasn’t asking Congress for all of the money needed to fund the Savannah port project. And most deepening proponents were hugely disappointed. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you have to consider whether shipping services and export in general will continue to be the economic …

Why America needs a Post-Globalism Strategy

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You can always tell how bankrupt a given economic strategy is by how hard its proponents fight even minor course corrections. For example, you can hear this sentiment in the comments of Senator Rand Paul when they rail against the dangers of the Affordable Care Act. Even though millions of uninsured Americans will benefit from …

Where are the Pro-Business Democrats?

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Listening to Arianna Huffington attack the Obama Administration for not doing enough to grow jobs in America actually highlights the need for Pro-Business Democrats. In fact, a lot of very serious people would say that for too long the Democratic Party has only supported one side of the jobs debate. For those tasked with supporting …

The Real Victims of Neoliberalism

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Few commentators on cable news talk about the role Neoliberalism has played in the global youth unemployment crisis.  A lot very serious people agree that youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb that will lead to crisis in upward mobility. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, solving youth unemployment represents a special opportunity to ensure …