Tuesday December 01, 2015
June 19th, 2015
When historians get around to identifying who greened the national grid, Scott Sklar belongs on their list. The energy consultant and former solar lobbyist with a wild white beard has spent more than 40 years bolstering industries that tread more lightly than fossil fuels and stretch efficiency.
Now 65, Sklar is having too much fun doing his part to make renewable energy hit critical mass to slow down.
Hillary Clinton's support of automatically registering Americans to vote has sparked a fascinating discussion on the relationship between voting and ignorance.
Friends keep orating that driverless cars are something in the far-ahead future. Apparently, they're not. That future is near.
Exhibit A is Google's decision to get into the auto insurance business. Now Google wants to be in everyone's business. But its foray into insuring drivers is highly plausible for a company deep into developing driverless cars.
After months of trying to weaken Hillary Clinton by pounding her with everything they've got, the amount of progress Republicans have made is pretty close to zero.
The GOP seems to have forgotten the central fact about the Clintons: That which does not kill them makes them stronger.
In discussing the scandal engulfing former House speaker Dennis Hastert, one thing must be made absolutely clear. What he is alleged to have done to young boys has absolutely nothing to do with being gay or gay rights.
Benny Johnson needed to escape the Internet.
This week's ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim rejected for employment because of her hijab, has excited boundless praise. The New York Times editorial board called the outcome"a good reminder for employers that the best policy is one of inclusiveness and accommodation."
Is it all over for centrism -- a failed and discredited doctrine? Some people seem to think so. They're mostly wrong, but I'm a centrist, so I'll try to meet them halfway.
Friday's jobs report was solidly encouraging. U.S. firms added 280,000 employees to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, more than analysts had predicted. Behind that big number, though, was a troubling question: If more people are working, why isn't the economy getting much larger? It certainly appears as though American workers are getting less done -- and as they become more inefficient, more of them are needed to keep the economy moving at the same pace.