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You can’t live without it…It’s Electric!

Since the days of Ben Franklin flying his kite during a storm, America has played a large role in harnessing the power of electricity.  In 2003 the National Academy of Engineering declared the electrification of the U.S. the “greatest engineering achievement of the twentieth century”, ahead of even the automobile or airplane.  “Electrification” here refers … Continue reading

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How Government Money Can Do A Lot More Good Than Solyndra

What do the Boeing 707, the internet and nuclear fission all have in common?  They are some of the triumphs of government-funded research.  Public-private partnerships have led to breakthroughs across America’s wide range of industries and maintained our lead in several key fields including medicine, aerospace and computer technology.  Despite past success in innovation, we … Continue reading

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Electric Cars Are Saving the Environment…But Killing the Roads

Yesterday I attended a briefing on MAP-21, a bill addressing the issues facing the federally funded highway system put on by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Independent Institute and Reason Foundation.  The hot topic of the briefing was the gas tax, which according to Randal O’Toole and Gabriel Roth, bigwigs of the Cato Institute and … Continue reading