The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Renewables are powerful engines of economic growth & job creation
Originally Published on Energy Post
By Allan Hoffman
Job creation is always a safe issue for politicians to address and it played a crucial role in our recent presidential election. Donald Trump achieved his unexpected upset victory over Hillary Clinton by appealing to disaffected workers in normally Democrat-leaning states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. A primary focus of the Trump campaign was jobs in the manufacturing and coal-mining industries, where many workers had been laid off in recent years. Some people have blamed these job losses on Obama Administration policies, including support for solar and wind energy. What are the facts?
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by a former senior analyst from the DOE, the Trump administration needs to be watched
Originally Published in the Fairfax Times
By Dr. Allan Hoffman
I voted for Hillary Clinton to become our next President because I thought she was a better choice than Donald Trump in temperament, experience, and policy. I also thought it was time to have a female president. I did this despite two serious misgivings about Clinton, her handling of the health insurance issue in the early days of her husband’s first term as President, and her failure to respond adequately to the seriousness of her decision to use a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. As a former government official I understand how frustrating dealing with the security systems in government can be, but poor judgements were made by Clinton and her staff, all of whom should have known better. Nevertheless, I was strongly offended by many of Trump’s statements during the Republican primary race and the general election, and saw no way to vote for a man I considered an uninformed and arrogant demagogue.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about the U.S. election, Presidential Candidates Ignore Overheating Planet
From The David Suzuki Foundation
By David Suzuki
Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”
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The ECOreport reposts a student perspective,UC Berkeley Republicans In the Year of Trump
Originally Published on UC Berkeley News
By Christopher Merchant, Public affairs
Identifying as Republican has always brought challenges for UC Berkeley students. But in a year when Donald Trump‘s White House campaign has sharply divided the GOP, maintaining party loyalty is harder than ever for college Republicans.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed explaining the who, what & how as the four Global Trade Deals fight for their lives
Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk
by Zachary Davies Boren
Free trade deals around the world are in crisis, just as the UK is preparing to negotiate a clutch of new agreements that would replace its membership of the European Union. For the world’s fifth largest economy, Brexit couldn’t have come at a more turbulent time. The global free trade agenda has endured a nightmare 2016. Each of the big four deals in the pipeline – TTP, TTIP, TISA and CETA – has found itself in roughly the same position: Fighting for its life.
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The ECOreport reposts another Op-ED on the forces behind the US Election, Hilary Clinton’s Corporate America
Originally Published on TomDispatch
By Nomi Prins
As this endless election limps toward its last days, while spiraling into a bizarre duel over vote-rigging accusations, a deep sigh is undoubtedly in order. The entire process has been an emotionally draining, frustration-inducing, rage-inflaming spectacle of repellent form over shallow substance. For many, the third debate evoked fatigue. More worrying, there was again no discussion of how to prevent another financial crisis, an ominous possibility in the next presidency, whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton enters the Oval Office — given that nothing fundamental has been altered when it comes to Wall Street’s practices and predation.
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The ECOreport reposts another Op-Ed on the U.S. election, Donald Trump’s Art Of The Bad Deal
Originally Published on Tom Dispatch
By Tom Engelhardt
Donald Trump has long campaigned on the promise of running the country the way he’s run his businesses. On that basis, we essentially already know what it would mean if he entered the Oval Office and applied his personal business acumen to this nation (and the rest of the world). There’s a surprisingly full record to cite. Who can forget, for instance, what happened to his signature gambling resorts in Atlantic City? Who can forget their serial failures in what was still relatively good times in that city, including the repeated trips to bankruptcy court and the way he stiffed local contractors and suppliers, running them out of business? As Russ Buettner and Charles Bagli of the New York Times summed it up: “He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses, and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen.”
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about the U.S. election, there really is no comparison between Clinton & Trump
Originally Published on the UAlberta News
By W. Andy Knight
Canada’s position next to the United States is like a mouse living next to an elephant. If the elephant rolls over, it could put the mouse’s life in serious danger. No wonder Canadians are watching the U.S. presidential election campaign in the same way a bystander might gravitate to a gruesome car crash.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about the U.S. Presidential Race, Media & Donald Trump
Originally Published on U of T News
No matter how hard you try, you can’t escape the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It’s everywhere – on television, in the papers, on Twitter, Facebook and countless blogs. But how do you make sense of it? Marcus Brauchli (below right), a self-styled Washington insider and former editor of the Washington Post, gave his thoughts to a rapt audience at the Munk School of Global Affairs this week in a discussion with Munk Fellow John Stackhouse, former editor of The Globe and Mail (below left). Here’s what Brauchli had to say about the presidential race, the upcoming debate, the media and, of course, Donald Trump.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED for the upcoming U.S. Presidential election, Clinton vs Trump on energy policies
Originally Published on Thoughts of a Lapsed Physicist
By Allan Hoffman
When I was born Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was President of the United States. Since then I have lived through many presidential elections, but none as strange as the one currently underway in the United States. It is truly one for the history books, and many articles, books, and PhD theses will be written about it in years to come. It has been a nasty campaign so far, and is likely to get even nastier as we approach November 8th, Election Day. As a result, it is often hard to focus on policy issues that differentiate the two principal candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The level of invective is high, and issues of temperament and trustworthiness are often grabbing most of the attention. Nevertheless, energy policy is important and has had and will have a major impact on the U.S. economy, its environment, and its national security. Therefore, there has been increasing attention recently to the energy policies of the candidates – e.g., the search of their websites in July by an analyst for the American Council on Renewable Energy to measure their interest in renewable energy. As reported by Forbes in August: “The search produced 55 results on Hillary Clinton’s website – it jumped to 92 as she published more detailed plans – and only one on Donald Trump’s site.” In this blog post I will add to this effort by identifying and and comparing the energy policies of the two candidates based on their published positions and their public statements. The reader can draw his or her own conclusions.
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