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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2014

A $48 Billion Opportunity for U.S. Electric Customers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/u-s-utility-customers-save-48-billion-solar-efficiency/

Electricity customers in the U.S. got good news last week. A new report from Accenture highlighted a potential revenue loss for U.S. utilities of $48 billion per year by 2025 due to distributed solar and energy efficiency. But where does that money go? If we pursue a democratic energy system as outlined in ILSR’s new… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 6, 2013

Airline Deregulation: A Triumph of Ideology Over Evidence

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In November, in what history may judge the ultimate triumph of ideology over evidence, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its lawsuit against the merger of American Airlines and United Airways. It is altogether fitting that the green light for allowing just 4 airlines to control 85 percent of the domestic market was given by… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Banking, The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 5 Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2011

And The Academy Award for Cowardice Goes To….

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After winning an Oscar for Best Documentary for Inside Job, Charles Ferguson injected some much-needed real world relevance amidst the fabulously glitzy proceedings. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 31, 2008

We Forget What It Was Really Like Under the Clintons

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/post-2359/

Twelve days before the Iowa caucuses, the New York Times Magazine cover, in large white letters on a deep black background, carried the single word title of its lead article: Clintonism. In the article Matt Bai, the Times reporter on all things Democratic, with a big D, made one undeniable assertion and two highly debatable ones.

Bai’s contention that Bill Clinton’s "wife’s fortunes are bound up with his, and vice versa" is incontestable. The primaries and even more so the general election, if Hillary is the nominee, will be a referendum less on Hillary than on Clintonism, the philosophy and strategy that guided the White House for eight years. Hillary clearly welcomes such a prospect, as demonstrated by her constantly reminding voters that she was "deeply involved in being part of the Clinton team."

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2008

Sunny Post-Partisanship Sounds Nice, but What’s Obama’s Larger Vision?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/sunny-postpartisanship-sounds-nice-whats-obamas-larger-vision/

Responding to criticism that President-elect Barack Obama’s cabinet is composed largely of recycled Bill Clinton appointees, Obama’s close advisor David Axelrod told the New York Times, "He’s not looking for people to give him a vision. He’s going to put together an administration of people who can effectuate his vision." A few days later, after introducing his foreign policy team, Obama himself declared, "I will be responsible for the vision that this team carries out, and I expect them to implement that vision once decisions are made.”   

Which leads to the inevitable question: What is Obama’s overarching vision? What is the philosophical framework that will animate his administration and guide his cabinet officers to adopt policies different from those they embraced in the past? 

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2005

Airline deregulation wasn’t cure-all

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/airline-deregulation-wasnt-cure-all/

Airline deregulation wasn’t cure-all by David Morris Originally published in Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 28, 2005 Two weeks ago I was searching online for a nonstop flight from Albany, N.Y., to Washington, D.C. United’s flight was full, but a direct flight was available from a company called Independence Air, and it was $100 cheaper. I… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2004

Who gets fruits of public R&D?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/who-gets-fruits-of-public-rd/

Who gets fruits of public R&D? by David Morris Originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 28, 2004 In 1980, Congress allowed universities to own federally supported research and grant exclusive licenses to businesses to commercialize that research. Since then, the landscape of America’s research universities has changed dramatically. Before 1980, U.S. universities applied… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 1999

Bill of Rights vs. Concentrated Power

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Bill of Rights vs. Concentrated Power by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance March 2, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press One of the White House’s priorities is to enact a Patients Bill of Rights that, among other elements, requires Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) to develop grievance and appeals procedures. Meanwhile, Senators Ron… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 1998

Electric Deregulation, California Style

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/electric-deregulation-california-style/

Electric Deregulation, California Style by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance March 10, 1998 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press The $210 billion national power market is undergoing radical changes, in no small part due to the efforts of California. Two years ago California decided to allow customers to choose their electricity supplier. The… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 1998

Capital As Citizen

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Capital As Citizen by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance This column originally appeared in the January 1998 issue of Minnesota Law and Politics “We are writing the constitution of a single global economy”, boasts Renato Ruggiero, Director-General of the World Trade Organization. The document he’s referring to is the Multilateral Agreement on Investment(MAI). Most… Continue reading