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Archive for July, 2009

by Reihan Salam, The Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2009, The Property Tax might be the most loathed tax in America… [But] what if the problem isn’t the property tax at all but rather, well, all other taxes? This short piece is one of ‘15 Ways to Fix the World’, published in this month’s Atlantic. Given the […]

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Commencement Address to Portland University’s class of 2009, by Paul Hawken Basically, civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades. We’re always interested in what’s being said at university commencements around this time of year. Paul Hawken’s address to the graduating class of 2009 at […]

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Good Magazine, July 13, 2009 Unlike other natural resources, we cannot run out of water…But it doesn’t mean that we always will have enough of it when and where we need it or that we can’t make it too dirty to drink. We have altered the water cycle—from ocean to cloud to ground and back […]

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By Robin Shulman, The Washington Post, July 14, 2009 “For too long, federal policy has actually encouraged sprawl and congestion and pollution, rather than quality public transportation and smart, sustainable development,” said Obama. Learn about Obama’s plan to reinvent Washington’s approach to American Cities. Long overlooked by federal policymakers, the president promises to examine how […]

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By Robert Gammon, East Bay Express, July 1, 2009 Global warming is changing far more than just the climate. It’s altering the way environmentalists view development. For years, city dwellers who consider themselves to be eco-conscious have used environmental laws and arcane zoning rules to block new home construction, especially apartments and condominiums. In the […]

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By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, June 30, 2009 You want to make a difference? Then get out of Facebook and into somebody’s face. Get a million people on the Washington Mall calling for a price on carbon. This is an amazing column on the cap and trade bill. Here, Freidman complains about […]

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