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Bush judge rules for Congress

July 31, 2008

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Today has been a good day for Congress in its efforts to reimpose some limits on Presidential power. Judge John D. Bates, a 2001 Bush appointee to the Washington D.C. United States District Court, ruled today that presidential advisers and aides must appear before Congress when issued a subpoena. Congress sued the Administration in District […]

New Wilderness Society poll is political, not statistical

July 26, 2008

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If you have a pulse, you’ve probably been asked to answer questions for a poll or six this season. Most polls I’ve been asked to participate in have been political polls, but with oil prices high, there have been poll commissioned by the GOP, the Democratic Party, and various third parties, each of which is […]

Backward compatibility in energy technology

July 26, 2008

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If you’ve ever worked for a manufacturing or software development company, you’re probably familiar with the concept of backward compatibility. The basic idea is that any new product needs to be able to utilize the old product’s hardware and/or software so that development costs are kept down and so that current customers can migrate to […]

The Weekly Carboholic: good-bye Holocene, hello Anthropocene?

July 23, 2008

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Until recently, according to the International Commission on Stratigraphy, we have been in the Holocene geologic epoch. The Holocene started about 10,000 years ago with the end of the last ice age and has persisted until recently. However, if some stratigraphers have their way, at the end of this year’s ICS meeting, we’ll be officially […]

The Weekly Carboholic: oil prices fall, but not because of Bush

July 16, 2008

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On Monday, President Bush announced that he had reversed an executive order originally put in place by his father that restricted drilling on the outer continental shelf (OCS). Yesterday, crude oil prices fell $6.44, the second largest dollar drop in history. Coincidence? Larry Kudlow at the National Review would have the American people believe that […]

Anheuser-Busch sells out to InBev

July 14, 2008

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I enjoy a good beer, which is why I don’t enjoy Budweiser. I know from experience during my college days that the best use for Bud products is to get totally hammered inexpensively – after you’ve drank enough decent beer that you can’t taste the difference any more. And I say that as someone who […]

Conservatives call for re-regulation of "free" market

July 13, 2008

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On Friday, EJ Dionne of the Washington Post noted something that I’d noticed earlier in the week, namely that conservatives who should be calling for less regulation and freer markets were in fact calling for the exact opposite. He quotes Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as saying “a more robust framework for the prudential supervision […]