Category Archives: Energy

Where’s The Economic Recovery Going To Come From? Obama Provides Good Answers

Matt Yglesias has an interesting piece about educational levels around the Great Depression compared to today that reflects on Paul Krugman’s pessimism about the economy and Ryan Avent’s optimism. The question is where will our economic recovery come from (and how soon)? I’m no economist, but my sense is we are not likely to recover […]

Now Posting At Midwest High Speed Rail

If you’re interested in transportation policy you might want to take a look at my first post at Midwest High Speed Rail – where I use a Google Map to show rail projects that are ‘stimulus ready’ for the incoming Obama Administration.

2009 Predictions

Here’s are some thoughts about what the new year may hold – some seem pretty obvious, others are educated guesswork – while many are positive, some are not. In Illinois: – Soon-to-be former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be impeached. – Soon-to-be Governor Pat Quinn will get ethics legislation through the General Assembly early that will […]

Bill Ford’s Environmentalism – What’s Up With His Car Company?

I’ve been asking myself how Bill Ford for years could tout the ‘future environment’ of more environmentally friendly cars – and the company he largely controls could ignore the environment to its current peril. Here’s a take on how it happened.

Revenge Of The Electric Car

Over the past week plus I’ve been thinking about the incredible irony of a company forced to produce it’s future, determined to destroy it’s future, and succeeding – leading to its destruction. In the 1990’s GM killed an electric car it was forced to produce by California. Today Deutsche Bank declared GM stock shares worthless, […]

Foster Snags Sun-Times Endorsement From Oberweis In IL-14

I was and am proud to have supported Bill Foster for the Congressional 14th District seat in the special election earlier this year. Bill’s victory was a great victory for the residents of the 14th District, who have gained a hardworking, serious representative fighting for their interests in Congress. It’s nice to see that the […]

Paris Hilton Gets Played And John McCain Gets Lucky

John McCain dumps on Paris Hilton in a commercial slamming Obama for being like her (i.e. famous and, by implication, insubstantial). Paris Hilton might be expected to slam McCain back, but instead seems to come up with a smart retort showing policy chops – why not incorporate John McCain’s pro-offshore drilling position on energy with […]

What Blagojevich Got Right In Illinois Mass Transit

When Governor Rod Blagojevich made public transportation for seniors free at the beginning of the year he did something right. Given it’s Governor Blagojevich, he didn’t get there the right way and it might even be that having the “right” policy in this case was incidental or accidental, but it was right. It just wasn’t […]

State Water Policy, Two Views Of The Future….

[Hat tip David Zetland] In New Mexico journalist John Fleck writes about a court ruling limiting future well drilling for new residents: “A state court this week threw out New Mexicans’ longstanding legal right to drill a domestic water well without having to worry about whether it would leave less water for their neighbors. The […]

Morgenthaler, Callahan Make Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “Emerging” Race List

Playing catch-up with this one – 6th Congressional Democratic Candidate Jill Morgenthaler and 18th Congressional Democratic Candidate Colleen Callahan made the recently announced DCCC “Emerging” list of 20 races where “candidates have generated excitement in their districts for their campaigns for change.” Jill Morgenthaler in the 6th District has expanded her campaign team, posted respectable […]