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How solar can become the world’s largest source of electricity | Grist

How solar can become the world’s largest source of electricity | Grist

How solar can become the world’s largest source of electricity

Back in May, the (typically stodgy and conservative) International Energy Agency released its annual Energy Technology Perspectives report. It was focused on electricity.
It began by noting that the carbon intensity of the global energy system has not declined substantially in the last 40 years or so. Despite all the hue and cry about climate and sustainability, our trajectory — more and more carbon, climate doom impending — refuses to budge.
It then noted that the world’s energy system is becoming increasingly electrified. Electricity’s share of total global energy use has climbed from 9 percent in the ’70s to 17 percent today; depending on how things play out, that’s expected to rise to around 25 percent by 2050. (I would bet substantial money that even that is an underestimate.)
That could be a good or a bad thing. If the carbon intensity of global electricity remains the same, it would massively drive up emissions, because, well, coal. On the bright side, though, electricity is much easier to decarbonize than liquid fuels, so electrification presents a big opportunity to take a chunk out of global emissions. Specifically, to get on IEA’s “2DS” pathway — that is, to keep warming at or under 2 degrees C warming, per international agreement — the carbon intensity of global electricity would have to plunge by 90 percent. read more!

Cool Crowdfunding: September 27, 2014 MAKE ⋅ Caleb Kraft A case for the Raspberry Pi b+. It is lego compatable, clean, tough, and has a built in gopro mount. There is also a smaller case for the pi camera.

Cool Crowdfunding: September 27, 2014
MAKE  Caleb Kraft
A case for the Raspberry Pi b+. It is lego compatable, clean, tough, and has a built in gopro mount. There is also a smaller case for the pi camera.

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The Benefits of Easing Climate Change -

Dear International Living Reader, To ensure your financial privacy in the future, consider getting a second passport. Despite what you may have heard, you are legally entitled to have one...and to benefit from the privileges dual citizenship confers.

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International Living Postcards—your daily escape
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
Dear International Living Reader,
To ensure your financial privacy in the future, consider getting a second passport. Despite what you may have heard, you are legally entitled to have one...and to benefit from the privileges dual citizenship confers.
Those privileges might include lower taxes, increased financial privacy, and asset protection.
And—as offshore expert Bob Bauman explains below—you may be owed a second passport based on where your family comes from.
Erica Mills
Managing Editor, IL Postcards
P.S. A second passport is just one part of a good offshore strategy. If you want to protect your finances for retirement and beyond, then check out these offshore resources now.
* * *
You Could Be Entitled to a Second Passport
By Bob Bauman JD
The old saying is: "It's in your blood."
Some would argue that it's an ancient evolutionary tendency of ours to organize into distinct groupings based on an affinity of birth.
This blood birth theory is reflected in one of the two major legal principles of citizenship law used in almost all countries.
The first legal principle is the place of birth, or the principle of jus soli (Latin for "right of soil"). Thus, being born within the geograph¬ic territory over which a country maintains sovereignty automatically makes the newborn child a citizen of that country.
The second is bloodline, or the principle of jus sanguinis (Latin for "right of blood"), which describes citizenship resulting from the nationality of one parent or the other, or from earlier ancestors, usually limited to parents and grandparents.
That means that depending on where your parents or grandparents came from, you could be entitled to citizenship and a second passport. 
Some countries extend this blood principle retroactively, granting citizenship and a passport to the children and grandchildren of their citizens, even if these descendants have never lived in the country. This is perhaps the easiest means to obtain a second passport.
For instance, take the example of Ireland.
There, citizenship is governed by the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts of 1956 and 1986. These laws confer Irish nationality:
  • By reason of one's birth in Ireland;
  • By Irish parentage or ancestry, and;
  • By marriage to an Irish citizen.
Automatic citizenship by reason of birth within Ireland was limited in 2004 by a constitutional amendment that restricted that right to a child with at least one Irish citizen as a parent. After January 1, 2005, citizenship and residence history of both parents and all grandparents was thereafter taken into account.
If you were born outside of Ireland, and either your mother or father (or both) was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, then you are entitled to Irish citizenship.
And there are two circumstances under which a great-grandchild is eligible to apply for Irish citizenship by descent:
  • If the parent (the grandchild of the Irish-born person) registered before the great-grandchild was born;
  • If the parent (the grandchild of the Irish born person) registered before June 30, 1986 and the great-grandchild was born after July 17, 1956.
Ireland is just one such country where your ancestry could entitle you to citizenship. Others include Italy, Hungary, Poland, and the U.K.
Maybe it's time to look at the family tree...
Editor's note: Bob Bauman will tell you more about second passports and how to get one through your well as all the most up-to-date methods of securing your financial this offshore "escape plan." It's yours free untilMonday only.

The Navajo Nation has received a US$554 million settlement from the US Federal Government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for a...TAIPEI TIMES 2014-09-27

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US signs US$554m settlement with Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation has received a US$554 million settlement from the US Federal Government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for a...TAIPEI TIMES 2014-09-27

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US signs US$554m settlement with Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation has received a US$554 million settlement from the US Federal Government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for a Native American group.
Much of the land on the 4.35 million hectare reservation has been leased for things like farming, grazing, oil and gas development, mining and housing.
The leases once were largely overseen by the US government, which mismanaged the revenue and failed to properly invest and account for it, according to the group.
US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Window Rock on Friday to formally recognize the settlement.
“The historic agreement strengthens the government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Navajo Nation, helps restore a positive working relationship with the Nation’s leaders and empowers Navajo communities,” Jewell said in a statement on Thursday.
Navajo officials hailed the settlement as a positive end to a long ordeal.
“The trust litigation has been a protracted battle and in the end, it was a victory for tribal sovereignty,” Navajo president Ben Shelly said in a statement.
The Navajo group agreed to settle the case earlier this year, but was awaiting signatures from federal agencies before the deal could be finalized. The Navajo Nation originally sought US$900 million when the lawsuit was filed in 2006.
The Navajo Reservation is larger than any single American Indian land base, covering sections of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Almost two-thirds of the 300,000 Navajos live on the reservation that has some of the most iconic landscapes in the Southwest and is rich in natural resources.
Public meetings are to be held to seek community input on how the money should be spent, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Lorenzo Curley said. The first meeting is scheduled for next month.
Some Navajo members have suggested that it be set aside for future generations or used for business development, he said.
Deswood Tome, an adviser to Shelly, said the money could help with housing, water, roads, power line extensions and other infrastructure needs.
About 70 percent of the roads on the reservation are unpaved, an estimated 16,000 families do not have electricity and many more do not have telephone service, water or natural gas services, according to the tribal utility provider.
Andrew Sandler, one of the Navajo Nation’s attorneys on the case, said the group has taken on much of the responsibility for leasing on its land.
If further disputes arise with the federal government, the settlement outlines a process to resolve them.
The Navajo Nation includes more than 5 million hectares of trust lands, which are leased for grazing, farming, oil and gas development and other purposes.
The group owns or has ownership interests in more than 100 trust accounts, according to the US Department of Interior.
The federal government mismanaged the extraction of natural resources on Navajo land, Sandler said.
In addition, the Navajo Nation did not get entitled royalties and the US government failed to appropriately invest money that came from natural resource contracts.
Native American groups across the country have filed more than 100 breach-of-trust cases against the US government.
The Navajo Nation settlement is the largest, exceeding the next-highest amount by US$170 million, Sandler said.
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Eduardo Porter (@portereduardo) | Twitter OI really appreciate his fine work!

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Eduardo Porter


Journalist and author. Write Economic Scene column for NYT. Author of The Price of Everything.
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 Joined November 2010Eduardo Porter

Connecticut's 118-year-old Norwalk, WALK bridge carries over 140 trains a day, making it one of the most important bridges on the New Haven Line. REP. PERONE LAUD'S GRANT FOR NEW HAVEN LINE BRIDGE IN NORWALK


September 22, 2014


The Federal Transportation Administration selected the Norwalk WALK railroad bridge, located on the New Haven Line, to receive a $161 million grant as part of its Hurricane Sandy Resiliency program. The program is designed to protect infrastructure from future natural disasters and to protect infrastructure developments that were rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy.
The 118-year-old Norwalk WALK bridge carries over 140 trains a day, making it one of the most important bridges on the New Haven Line. This past summer, the bridge malfunctioned twice during a one week period causing train delays for commuters.
"The announcement by the US Department of transportation came as very welcome news not only to the citizens of Norwalk but for the rest of the state of Connecticut. The importance of replacing the Norwalk WALK Bridge cannot be overstated. Its importance to our state's economy makes it a critical part of our infrastructure," said Rep. Perone.
Representative Perone serves Norwalk’s 137th Assembly district. He is Chair of the Commerce Committee, and a member of the Energy and Technology Committee.

Shaking Off The Rust: Cleveland Workforce Gets Younger And Smarter - "Connecticut should pay attention". DD

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In virtually every regional economic or demographic analysis that I conduct for Forbes, Rust Belt metro areas tend to do very poorly. But there’s a way that they could improve, based in large part on the soaring cost of living in the elite regions of California and the Northeast. And one of the rustiest of them appears to be capitalizing on the opportunity already: that perpetual media punching bag, Cleveland.

Between 2000 and 2012, the Cleveland metro area logged a net gain of about 60,000 people 25 and over with a college degree while losing a net 70,000 of those without a bachelor’s, according to a recent report from Cleveland State University. The number of newcomers aged 25 to 34 increased by 23 percent from 2006 to 2012, with an 11 percent increase from 2011 to 2012 alone. Most revealingly, half of these people came from other states. When it comes to net migration, Atlanta, Detroit, and Pittsburgh were the biggest feeders for those arriving with a bachelor’s degree, while Chicago, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh sent the most net migrants with a graduate or professional degree.

The picture of Cleveland that emerges from the Cleveland State University study is a very different one from that to which we are accustomed. Rather than a metro area left behind by the information revolution, Cleveland boasts an increasingly youthful workforce that is among the better educated in the nation. In 2009. notes University of Pittsburgh economist Chris Briem, some 15% of Cleveland’s workforce between 25 and 34 has a graduate degree, ranking the area seventh in the nation, ahead of such “brain centers” as Chicago, Austin and Seattle. Old Clevelanders as a whole will remain undereducated, but likely not the next generation.

What is driving this migration? Some of it has to do with a 25% expansion of STEM employment from 2003-13, much of it in health care tied to the region’s prestigious hospitals. This has helped spark a healthy increase in per capita income,  from $33,359 in 2003 to $44,775 in 2012, a gain of 34%.

This growth has animated many neighborhoods, not only in the “cool” central cores but in a host of inner and outer ring neighborhoods. This process, note researchers Richey Piiparinen and Jim Russell, is even more evolved in a Rust Belt city that has been on the rise for some time now, Pittsburgh. Migration trends there first turned favorable in 2007 after decades of decline, and have remained positive.

The cost of living in Cleveland is  considerably below the national average, not to mention that of the ultra-expensive coastal regions. Indeed, when cost of living is taken into account, per capita income in both Cleveland and Pittsburgh are now well above the national average.

Piiparinen and Russell also see a gradual movement of educated young people to other lower-cost, family-friendly places in the Rust Belt, including Indianapolis, St. Louis and Minneapolis.

These phenomena suggest that Rust Belt cities need to adopt new approaches to economic development. For years, civic boosters in places such as Cleveland fixed hopes on attracting the much ballyhooed “creative class” by building such things as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, art galleries, trendy restaurant and even a massive downtown chandelier. This tactic recalls the old lite beer commercials: everything you want in a city, but less.

Yet, as Piiparinen and Russell point out, this approach simply expands consumption opportunities, and when it comes to consumption, Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh can never top the U.S. capitals of excess: Manhattan, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or even Seattle. It’s hard to see hipsters moving en masse to any of these places without some degree of economic opportunity.

Piiparinen sees the current migration trends as reflecting “the Rust Belt’s productive economy versus its consumptive economy.” He proposes the focus should be to accelerate talent migration based on economic advantages natural to the region, such as medical services, advanced manufacturing and logistics.

These industries have high economic impact. Manufacturing, he traditional core of the local economy, adds 50 cents of GDP for every  dollar in output, considerably more than information employment and almost three times the multiplier for retail jobs.

Despite the hopes to emulate post-industrial Boston, New York or San Francisco, Rust Belt states remain dependent on manufacturing; it accounts for 18 percent of Ohio’s GDP and 14 percent of Pennsylvania’s, more than twice as much as in New York and well above that in California. Increasingly, manufacturing will not provide many jobs for unskilled workers, but rather for trained technicians, certified crafts workers as well as highly educated college graduates. Ohio has established an extensive network ofskilled training facilities to fill this need.

Critical to the process are the current manufacturing rebound, in which Ohio has added 50,000 industrial jobs since 2009, and the energy boom tied to the development of shale in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. Since 2001, energy employment in Pennsylvania has more than doubled, with much of the action in western part of the state abutting Pittsburgh.

Does that mean that Cleveland, or Pittsburgh, are about to experience Houston-like growth? Don’t hold your breath. The weather is too harsh, and the cities too small to compete with the vast opportunities presented by the burgeoning Sun Belt economies. Nor do they rank high as destinations for foreign immigrants, who have provided a boost to many larger local economies but as of yet have not “discovered” the Rust Belt in large numbers.

Yet not achieving hyper-growth does not mean continued decline. As older, less educated workers retire or leave the region, often for warmer climes, there is an opportunity for the Rust Belt to replace its current labor pool with one more attuned to the emerging economy and enjoy strong boosts in GDP growth.

The key here is melding the “legacy” strengths of these regions with shifting demographic and economic forces. The region is not only home to abandoned steel mills, but also six of the country’s top top 20 graduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. The intellectual capital is there.

And economic forces could soon make these cities more attractive to newcomers from the rest of the country and abroad. The “spiky” cities embraced by urban boosters such as Richard Florida – who famously dissed Pittsburgh on his way out of town — increasingly are too expensive for even the educated middle class. This is why we are seeing young people who flocked to the Bay Area leave in their 30s or 40s. Places like San Francisco and Manhattan are great to the well-educated (and well-heeled), but as you get older, and look to buy a house or start a family, they are not ideal, unless you are extraordinary successful or have the right parents.

In contrast, the Rust Belt offers a vastly better value proposition. Housing in Cleveland is about one-fourth the cost, based on income, as in San Francisco. Not only that, but the choices are fairly broad, from new and old suburban to charming, single-family dominated urban neighborhoods.

These choices are encapsulated by the turn of phrase “Pittsburgh rich,” which essentially means that people settling there simply have better options than in places like New York or San Francisco. “We have an old housing stock that is very affordable,” notes University of Pittsburgh’s Briem. “Places like Pittsburgh and Cleveland offer a lot of areas that are very attractive at a low cost.”

Of course, such a transition will require some major rethinking among regional leaders and the abandonment of their traditional wannabe approach. Rather than apologizing for not being San Francisco, they should look at the prospects for a revival of energy and manufacturing. It’s working out for Pennsylvania and Ohio, which were among the largest recipients of new investment in 2012, ranking third and fourth among U.S. states. They were behind Texas and Louisiana, but well ahead of both California and New York.

Over time, this transition in the Rust Belt could prove a boon for the entire country. It does little good for either the resurgent Sun Belt or the sophisto havens on the coasts to have to subsidize a region along the Great Lakes in permanent decline. The Rust Belt retains many natural resources — oil, gas and, perhaps most importantly, water — that position it to be a major contributor to national growth. If the opportunity is recognized by a new generation, the future could prove surprising bright in what has long been seen as a fading region.

Voices for Reason - The Antitrust Religion: A Conversation with the Author [Podcast Episode #15] | The Ayn Rand Institute

Voices for Reason - <i>The Antitrust Religion</i>: A Conversation with the Author [Podcast Episode #15] | The Ayn Rand Institute


In this episode of Eye to Eye, I sit down with Edwin Rockefeller, author ofThe Antitrust Religion, to discuss his hard-hitting, top-to-bottom criticism of antitrust law and the “community” of lawyers, regulators, economists, and academics who interpret its mysteries.

Rockefeller speaks from wide knowledge and experience. After a brief stint on the Federal Trade Commission’s staff, he spent forty years (1961 – 2001) as an antitrust lawyer in private practice, reaching the highest levels of the profession, including chairmanship of the antitrust section of the American Bar Association.

Upon retirement, he decided to take a fresh look at the legal realm whose doctrines had puzzled and frustrated him for so many years. The result wasThe Antitrust Religion, published in 2007, an unflinching assessment whose findings should be alarming to all of us.

Rockefeller’s analysis spares no one. Antitrust, he maintains, is a house of cards, erected on a set of beliefs no more susceptible to proof than is a Christian’s belief in the Immaculate Conception. 

Share of economic growth going to bottom 99 percent of Americans shrinking since WW2. Nearing zero: @UpshotNYT The Benefits of Economic Expansions Are Increasingly Going to the Richest Americans -

The Benefits of Economic Expansions Are Increasingly Going to the Richest Americans -

"Which brings us to the current expansion. Ms. Tcherneva’s data goes only through 2012, so perhaps in the two years since then things have gotten a bit better for most workers. But in the first three years of the current expansion, incomes actually fell for the bottom 90 percent of earners, even as they rose nicely for the top 10 percent. The result: The top 10 percent captured an impossible-seeming 116 percent of income gains during that span.
But one consistent finding of research into inequality is that merely cutting things off at the top 5 or 10 percent of earners doesn’t capture all of what is changing in patterns of wealth and earnings. So Ms. Tcherneva also compiled the same data for those in the top 1 percent. (The cutoff there, according to the I.R.S., is $388,905 in 2011 adjusted gross income).
This pattern is, in its way, all the more striking. One percent of the population, in the first three years of the current expansion, took home 95 percent of the income gains."

"Economic expansions are supposed to be the good times, the periods in which incomes and living standards improve. And that’s still true, at least for some of us.
But who benefits from rising incomes in an expansion has changed drastically over the last 60 years. Pavlina R. Tcherneva, an economist at Bard College, created a chart that vividly shows how. (The chart appears in print in the Fall 2014 edition of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, in her article “Reorienting fiscal policy: A bottom-up approach.”) 

Share of economic growth going to bottom 99 percent of Americans shrinking since WW2. Nearing zero:

Young Trumbull entrepreneur heading to Chicago for contest | Trumbull Times I heard he's a Milford, CT Resident? October is CT Manufacturing Month - Milford, CT ECC

Young Trumbull entrepreneur heading to Chicago for contest | Trumbull Times


Young Trumbull entrepreneur heading to Chicago for contest

Hurco Machine Company put out the first ever Chipmaker Challenge Championship to all manufacturing entrepreneurs in an effort to promote manufacturing efforts in the United States. Wade Moore, a 23-year-old Trumbull native, won the first round of the contest.
The prize is a CNC Hurco Mill or Lathe which will be awarded on Sept. 9, in Chicago at the International Machine Tool Show known as IMTS. Wade, one of seven finalists, will compete at the show in an event loosely styled after the show Shark Tank.
Wade who recently graduated from UCONN with a mechanical engineering degree, comes from a great lineage of manufacturing entrepreneurs. His great grandfather founded Moore Special Tool Company in Bridgeport in 1924. His grandfather, Wayne Moore 83 also a Trumbull resident, wrote the bookFoundations of Mechanical Accuracy, which is treasured in the manufacturing world.
“I am so fortunate to have people passionate about manufacturing in my family. I know how important it is for our national security and economy to keep manufacturing strong in America. I am proud to be a finalist in the Hurco Chipmaker Challenge because I get to inspire others to embark in manufacturing enterprises.”
Wade recently won a patent with another friend for a skateboard splash guard invention. “My first plastic prototype was manufactured with the 3D printer at the Fairchild Library in Nichols. Connecticut is also trying hard to keep the manufacturing edge in Connecticut as community colleges like Housatonic have invested in machinery and programs like the Manufacturing Certificate. Wade’s brother Hayes, 17, is a teaching intern at the school after receiving his certificate and working on an advanced degree as a Manufacturing Engineer.
Wade employs his three brothers in his business. Hayes is strong with his chipmaking skills and his computer aided design abilities. Wade is awaiting his brother Russell,20, who will be finishing his army service in a year and a half. His youngest brother, Colton, 14, is at the Fairchild Wheeler School in Bridgeport in the Aerospace program. “Colton is a skilled mechanic who rebuilds dirtbikes and quads, and he is currently working on building a hydrogen internal combustion car which will run on water.”
Wade is looking forward to winning the Hurco mill which will be a great step up in his business of contract machining and developing his own products. “I am appreciative of Hurco for being so kind and generous in helping the budding entrepreneurs in America.”
Trumbull native Wade Moore will be awarded in Chicago at the International Machine Tool Show on Tuesday, Sept. 9.