Legislature should reject Scott Walker's UW public authority scheme
Billionaire hedge fund manager and green power advocate Tom Steyer is taking Gov. Scott Walker to task, accusing the Republican presidential hopeful of being a pawn for fossil fuel interests and a climate change denier.
In a full page ad running in the Wisconsin State Journal Tuesday, Steyer’s group NextGen Climate blasts the state’s GOP leadership for promoting a “war on science” by banning work on climate change.
Reports last week on a measure to prohibit staff at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands from engaging in global warming or climate change discussions sparked the ad buy here.
Jeffrey Ball, a writer on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.
Advocates revenue neutral carbon tax.
Staples to Buy Office Depot for $6.3 Billion
By David Gelles
Staples has agreed to acquire Office Depot for $6.3 billion in cash and stock, a deal that would unite the two biggest providers of office supplies if approved.
The agreement to combine the two companies comes after months of pressure from Starboard Value, a hedge fund that had threatened to press a management change at Staples if it did not pursue an acquisition of Office Depot.
. . . When Office Depot acquired OfficeMax in 2013, the Federal Trade Commission said the deal was “unlikely to substantially lessen competition in the retail sale of consumable office supplies.”
. . . Ron Sargent, Staples’ chief executive, said that the company expected at least $1 billion of savings through the merger.
“The implications for trusting our memories, and getting others to trust them, are huge,” Phelps says. “The more we learn about emotional memory, the more we realize that we can never say what someone will or won’t remember given a particular set of circumstances.” The best we can do, she says, is to err on the side of caution: unless we are talking about the most central part of the recollection, assume that our confidence is misplaced. More often than not, it is.
Jill Kelley, who triggered the David Petraeus scandal, was eager to become a diplomatic player and wartime commanders obliged.
Better grid sensors give more local information on cuts - better pinpointing of problems.
10 richest districts - mostly Democratic:
New York 12 Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Democrat
Per capita income: $75,479
California 33 Rep. Henry Waxman, Democrat
Per capita income: $61,273
New York 10 Rep. Jerry Nadler, Democrat
Per capita income: $56,138
California 18 Rep. Anna Eshoo, Democrat
Per capita income: $ 54,182
Connecticut 4 Rep. Jim Himes, Democrat
Per capita income: $50,732
Virginia 8 Rep. Jim Moran, Democrat
Per capita income: $50,210
New Jersey 7 Rep. Leonard Lance, Republican
Per capita income: $48,556
California 12 Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat
Per capita income: $48,523
New York 3 Rep. Steve Israel, Democrat
Per capita income: $47,991
Virginia 10 Rep. Frank Wolf, Republican
Per capita income: $47,281
In highly unusual testimony inside the federal supermax prison, a former operative for Al Qaeda has described prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s and claimed that he discussed a plan to shoot down Air Force One with a Stinger missile with a staff member at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.
The revelations unsettled the anonymous mathematician. “For people who share my motivations,” he says, “the ethics of the NSA's mission matter a great deal.” The news has also roiled the mathematics community and led some to question its long, symbiotic relationship with the spy agency, which nurtures budding mathematicians in school, supports the field with research and training grants, and offers academic mathematicians the chance to take part in the murky world of spy craft. Mathematician David Vogan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, who finishes his term as president of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) this week, has urged the society to rethink its long-running, close-knit ties with the agency—though he won little support from other AMS officials.
In a sign of the difficulty of convincing the most talented mathematicians and computer scientists to work for the agency, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers has hit the road himself to make the pitch. “Many of you are potential future employees that I want to compete for,” he told an audience at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, last November. “The biggest challenge for us … is getting people in the door in this environment.
With a fifth of the world’s oil reserves, Saudi Arabia is the leading player in OPEC and has great sway over any move by the cartel to raise prices by cutting production. Its refusal to support such steps despite dizzying price declines has prompted myriad theories about the Saudi royal family’s agenda, and Saudi officials have hinted that the country is happy to let the low prices punish rival producers who use more expensive shale-fracking techniques.
“They have almost total leverage,” said Senator Angus King, an independent of Maine who recently returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia.
“They have more breathing room than these other countries,” he said. “It’s like the difference between someone having a million dollars in the bank and someone who is living paycheck to paycheck.”
Alarmism has encouraged the pursuit of a one-sided climate policy of trying to cut carbon emissions by subsidizing wind farms and solar panels. Yet today, according to the International Energy Agency, only about 0.4% of global energy consumption comes from solar photovoltaics and windmills. And even with exceptionally optimistic assumptions about future deployment of wind and solar, the IEA expects that these energy forms will provide a minuscule 2.2% of the world's energy by 2040.
In other words, for at least the next two decades, solar and wind energy are simply expensive, feel-good measures that will have an imperceptible climate impact. Instead, we should focus on investing in research and development of green energy, including new battery technology to better store and discharge solar and wind energy and lower its costs. We also need to invest in and promote growth in the world's poorest nations, which suffer the most from natural disasters.
Climate-change doomsayers notwithstanding, we urgently need balance if we are to make sensible choices and pick the right climate policy that can help humanity slow, and inevitably adapt to, climate change.
Mr. Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, is the author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" (Cambridge Press, 2001) and "Cool It" (Knopf, 2007).
Tech leaders say Madison shouldn't be Silicon Valley, but it can grow
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President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget would impose a one-time 14 percent tax on some $2 trillion (1.3 trillion pounds) of untaxed foreign earnings accumulated by U.S. companies abroad and use that to fund infrastructure projects, a White House official said.
-- and would tax foreign earnings as accrued, whether repatriated or not.