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Clean Energy Business Zones: A Tool for Economic Growth

October 22nd, 2009


Originally published on The Huffington Post.

Whether it was steel, the railroad, the automobile, or the Internet, America’s leadership in technological innovation has made it the world’s economic power for the last 100 years. Today, we’re on the brink of the next revolution with the transition to clean energy. Of course, new technologies inevitably push old ones aside—personal computers, for example, killed typewriter industry in the 1980s.

The transition to clean energy will inevitably have the same effect.

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Give power to consumers

October 19th, 2009

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Originally published in Politico.

The new consumer agency proposed in financial regulatory reform could be a big win for an American middle class pummeled by the financial crisis.

Yet proponents risk the resentment of the very middle-class Americans they want to help. By largely framing the debate as one of industry versus government, supporters of a consumer financial protection agency run the risk of sidelining consumers instead of engaging them and, moreover, enlarging the controversy over government’s size and scope.

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The Next Shoe to Drop in the Financial Crisis

October 7th, 2009

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Originally published in Roll Call.

In July, the Joint Economic Committee held a hearing on one of the least talked about dangers to our economy — a collapse of commercial real estate. The chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), called it “a ticking time bomb,” the next shoe to drop in the ongoing national real estate crisis. To avoid another round of default, recession and bailout, the federal government should look to Main Street rather than Wall Street.

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Call for Afghanistan exit is premature

October 5th, 2009

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Originally published in Politico.

American support for U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan has hovered around the 50 percent mark for many years now. While most Americans consistently believe the war in Afghanistan is winnable, roughly an equal number feel we are not succeeding. In recent months, with U.S. casualties rising and the Taliban making territorial gains to retake control of Afghanistan, American confidence in the mission has dropped further still, and calls for withdrawal — mostly from the left — are increasing.

Eight years have passed since the U.S. and its allies struck against Al Qaeda and the Taliban regime that provided it sanctuary. Americans are struggling to reconcile the length and costs of the war with results on the ground and, more fundamentally, to understand how our continued involvement serves our national security.

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